Spitting Image

I am an Asian-American philosopher. While I was in graduate school, I was regularly spat upon – I kid you not – by homeless people and told to go back to my own country. The juxtaposition of having to wipe spit from my face and hair as I entered a graduate seminar to learn about the mind-body problem was unreal. I am glad that my white peers did not have to undergo this experience on their way to becoming philosophers.