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I am currently reading a book called “Cross-X: The Amazing True Story of How the Most Unlikely Team from the Most Unlikely of Places Overcame Staggering Obstacles at Home and at School to Challenge the Debate Community on Race, Power, and Education.” I kid you not, that is the name on the cover. Cross-X is what adorns the title page inside the book, so we will go with that for the remainder of this post.
I have one urgent task to perform today: I have to go to the library! I have some overdue materials that are starting to turn into a tight ball in my stomach as I think of the quiet disapproving looks of my local librarians. It’s the problem with being a regular anywhere—if you mess up and make a mistake, there is no anonymity. There’s a friend who just barely refrains from shaking her head and sucking her teeth, telling you “You know, you could have renewed that.”