A: The delta represents Mississippi (the Delta State), where I was doing Teach for America for two years.
Q: Why did you get it?
A: I was going to quit Teach for America. It was a really hard job. Sometimes (the class) would go wrong in the first few minutes and then never go right. I came in one morning and the windows were all shattered with bullet holes. I was picking up the glass when some kid came in and said, “Don’t worry. They were aiming for Ms. Williams’s room.” I figured if I got a tattoo, I wouldn’t quit because then I would have to get it removed.
Q: How did your parents react?
A: No particular reaction. They were glad I stuck with Teach for America. They actually found the tattoo rather amusing.
Q: Any regrets?
A: Not at all. I like it; I think it’s cool. I’m glad I stuck with Teach for America and education. Actually, (in the first two weeks after getting the tattoo), I was impulsively inclined to get many more tattoos.