At the beginning of Show Boat, both the audience and the characters within the musical assume Julie is a white woman. She is the star of the Cotton Blossom, and admired by Magnolia, Queenie and Joe, and townspeople. She is talented and kind to everyone. When it is revealed that Julie is mixed race, this does not change other characters’ perception of her: they all still love her. This provides the most important message of the entirety of the musical, and tricks bigoted audience viewers into rooting for a woman who isn’t white, teaching them what matters about a person is what’s on the inside, not the color of one’s skin.
The show Girlfriends was written by a black woman and followed the lives of four black women. The cast of women on the show were diverse black women with different backgrounds, skills and flaws. I remember younger me admiring their beauty and their beautiful representation of sisterhood through friendship. Even though I wasn’t fully able to understand the show because it discussed things pass my knowledge as little girl , I was still inspired by the characters and wanted to be like them when I got older. The show Girlfriends help me realize how much influence the media can have on its audience.
Morrison grew up in an American family that possessed an intense love and appreciation for black culture and people. From her parents Morrison learned how to face racism. She uses her novel to describe and show the suffrage of the black people. Morrison's novel highlights and shows the result of the migration from the rural south to the urban north from 1930s to 1950s. The migrants lost their sense of community and identity.
Is it worth risking everything in order to be happy? In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, an African American woman named Janie makes many challenging decisions in order to be happy. This novel takes place in the 1920’s which creates many obstacles that Janie must overcome in order to achieve happiness. There are many stereotypes and inequalities during this time that make life extremely difficult for Janie. Although Janie allows others to mistreat her at points throughout the novel, she is overall an excellent role model for young readers because she overcomes several stereotypes of African American females during this time period, and she makes many difficult decisions based solely on her own happiness.
She goes on throughout her life without really making the connection that blacks were treated differently from whites given the time period she grew up in. Hurston writes that “white people differed from colored to [her] only in that they rode through town and never lived there” (Hurston 4). As a young girl, the only difference between blacks and whites to Hurston was that white people never lived in her town; otherwise, they were the same to her. Because of this, Hurston never struggled with her identity for she was accepted by the people of her town; the people of color, and she was known as “their Zora.” Once she moved to a new town, she realized she was different, and she was “now a little colored girl” (Hurston 5). Anzaldúa, on the other hand, struggles with the discrimination against her Chicano culture and language.
The novel To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee conveys the message of overcoming inequality and discrimination against people of color during the 1900s through the eyes of a white, six year old girl nicknamed Scout. Scout lives with her father Atticus, her brother Jem, and their housekeeper Calpurnia in a small town fictionally located in Maycomb Alabama. Growing up with a lawyer for a father, Scout is able to learn things that were beyond her age and thus making her mature faster, in a sense. Her involvement in the case exposes her to the bigotry views of those in her time, yet her young and uninfluenced mind helps her outgrow these ‘views’. Scout may have her intelligence, but she is still a child, a child that has a very different
Morrison writes about the issues of post-Civil War and the issues Sethe and her family faces in the cruel times of slavery. She is not afraid to express and learn about her history as an African American woman, and the struggle that the characters face. Toni Morrison is an African American author, novelist, editor, and professor. Toni Morrison was born on February 18, 1931, in Lorain, Ohio. She was the second child out of four, and her parents were George and Ramah Wofford.
Morrison, being a women of color tells the story of Pecola Breedlove; a black eleven year old girl who prays for deep blue eyes and flowy blonde locks. All throughout her life she has felt pressures similar to this little girl and it is reflected in several of her novels. In a radio interview with Terry Gross Toni talks about the effects of being a women of color in America . While attending Howard College she observed that “lighter[skin] the better and the darker the worse… [this] had an impact on sororities, on friendships, on all sorts of things, and it was stunning to me.”(Morrison). Just as Pecola was suppressed by her eyes color, Toni was also suppressed and doubted because of her dark
Moreover, she believes that this way of expression of the mothers ' artistic resulted in their children 's aspiration to self-expression. Coming at the end of her essay to the conclusion that mothers might appear responsible for the achievements of their children, Walker points out that the older generations of women have highly contributed to the modern situation and the freedom in terms of artistic activities and self-expression that the African Americans have nowadays. Having come through the hardships of the poor life and observing the reflections of their mothers ' creativity, women nowadays tend to be able to open, identify, and develop their skills and talents. As the author states, searching for her mother 's garden, she has found her own. Moreover, the influences of the previous generations of women on the current situation is recognized by the author when she refers to the heritage of the preceding
Alice Walker exposes real life examples of controversial topics to teach readers about what actually occurred during these one hundred years. From growing up as a timid black woman in the middle of the 20th century, contributes with a time period full of racism and sexism together to form Alice Walker’s views on life in her brilliant, eye-opening