McFarlane and her daughter witness a frightening incident in a department store. A young woman with Down syndrome appeared to be having a behavioral episode. Afterward McFarlane reminisces about her feelings during the event.
“Why had those words – She’s crazy, dangerous, a retard, someone needs to stop her – popped so easily into my head? Even now, after knowing Grace, after realizing how ignorant I was before meeting Grace? Why were revulsion and fear my default position?” P. 116
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