I could never resent the tests as some white people have told me they do… But to me, the longest tests have always indicated the deepest hurts. We whites would have to be naïve to expect that hundreds of years of humiliation can be forgotten the moment we wish it to be. At times, then most poignant part of the test is that black people have enough trust left to give it. Testing implies we might pass the test. It is safer and easier for a black person to turn his back on us. If he does not gamble on our sincerity, he cannot be hurt if we prove false. Testing shows an optimism I doubt I could duplicate if I were black.
— Lois Stalvey on her own responses to the ways in which black people tested her trustworthiness as a white person, The Education of a WASP