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Dr. Bledsoe, as the principal of the narrator's college, of course has the power to expel the narrator. However, what triggers this expulsion is when the narrator takes Mr. Norton, an important guest of the college, to the slave quarters and to the Golden Day, even though the narrator was asked by Mr. Norton himself to take him there. In rather a shocking speech, Dr. Bledsoe calls the narrator an insulting word used to denigrate blacks, and then expells him, simultaneously slamming down a shackle on his desk to emphasise his words. For Dr. Bledsoe, a black man himself, to act in this way reinforces the way that racism and oppression does not only occur between different ethnic groupings but also within ethnic groupings. In spite of the obvious unfairness and injustice of this action, forgetting the insulting nature of it for one moment, the narrator is told very clearly that he has no other option but to accept his expulsion and leave.
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