We discussed the role of silence in her story, along with the role of violence and education. I asked my class to consider why the members of the 'cults' in her story were the sons of professors.
I asked about the narrator--the sister of a young man who is eventually imprisoned--why does she throw a stone at her parent's car windshield?
Answers were thoughtful.
"Silence as oppression," one stated.
"Maybe the educated were meant to behave like thugs because people always assume only the uneducated do violent things."
"I think she threw a stone because she was so angry--the words just couldn't convey her anger."
I then asked my students to consider our country--how we are on an entirely different continent than that of where Adichie's story takes place.
Can you think of any recent events in which your answers might apply?
And a lengthy discussion of Ferguson, Missouri began.
May our discussion never end.
May the underlying events that have made such a discussion possible in 2014 end.