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The shame Dick Gregory experiences as a young child was externally motivated shame. Before the incident at Gregory's school, he was innocent and unaware of social differences. He knew he was poor, but he was not really aware how different he was compared to his peers. "I never learned hate at home, or shame. I had to go to school for that." His innocence was replaced by a sense of shame when his teacher humiliated him in front of his class and peers. She disgraced him by pointing out his poverty and his lack of a father, causing him to feel shame for the first time.
Gregory describes how shame is all around him, "Now there was shame everywhere." "There as shame in going to Worthy Boys Annual Christmas Dinner. . . " "There was shame in
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- " "There was shame in wearing the brown and orange and white plaid mackinaw the welfare gave to 3,000 boys." There was shame in "asking for … rotten peaches, … in asking Mrs. Simmons for a spoonful of sugar, … in running out to meet the relief truck." Gregory ...
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