You, it seems, are the manifestion of several lifetimes of toil. Brown v. Board in the flesh. Most days the classroom feels like an antechamber. You are deemed expert on all things Morrison, King, Malcolm, Rosa. Hell, weren't you sitting on that bus, too? You are everybody's best friend until you are not. Hip-hop lyricologist. Presumed athlete. Free & Reduced sideshow. Exception & caricature. Too black & too white all at once. If you are successful it is because of affirmative action. If you fail it is because you were destined to. You are invisible until they turn on the Friday night lights. Here you are — star before they render you asteroid. Before they watch you turn to dust.