“Brownies” by ZZ Packer was a story focuses on the racial divide and prejudice between black and white girls in a brownie troop. Within the troop of black girls, Arnetta claims that she overheard a white girl say a racist remark which leads to her troop attempting to expose them; however, the plan failed. In the story, it states, “When you’ve been made to feel bad for so long, you jump at the chance to do it to others” (518). The quote implies that minorities will always hold a grudge towards white people, even though history is in the past. It also reveals why minorities may be disrespectful to them.
As their puzzled father ,Samuel Parris, observed the two mysterious little girls creep under chairs and spin around on the ground he pondered where this weird behavior was coming from. In Salem there were two little girls who were envious of the rich, so they made it clear that they could make people tremble in fear if they did not like you or wanted what you had. Everyone in Salem was terrified because there were so many people being accused of witchcraft. 22 people were hanged because the two little girls were pretending to be afflicted. The Salem witch trial Hysteria of 1692 was caused by two poor, young girls who claimed to be afflicted because of jealousy.
As children of mixed- race, they were always being targeted for racial prejudice. Ruth’s children saw her determination and were often appalled by her devotion to black people and her rebellion against whites. James McBride stated that at one point he saw “young black militants screaming ‘Black Power!’” He thought, “These people will kill Mommy”. (Pg. 27) Though Ruth believed the same thing, she still never hesitated in showing black love and
This family consists of the mother Pauline, the father Cholly, the son Sammy, and the daughter Pecola. The novel’s focal point is the daughter, an eleven-year-old Black girl who is trying to conquer a bout with self-hatred. Everyday she encounters racism, not just from white people, but mostly from her own race. In their eyes she is much too dark, and the darkness of her skin somehow implies that she is inferior, and according to everyone else, her skin makes her even “uglier.” She feels she can overcome this battle of self-hatred by obtaining blue eyes, but not just any blue. She wants the bluest eye.
While white women are believed to be virtuous, innocent, pure, chaste and goddess-like, black women are believed to be inherently promiscuous, lascivious and a sexual object. According to bell hooks, slave women were termed as “sexual temptress”, “sexual savage” and “sexual heathens” (33). In reality, they were sexually vulnerable from their adolescent years and suffered harsh punishment if they did not submit to the demands of the white men. While white women are treated as fragile and incapable of doing heavy work, black women are treated as mules which can be exploited to perform heavy labour. The grandmother Nanny in Zora Neale Hurston’s (1891-1960) novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) says to the young Janie Crawford that “De nigger woman is de mule uh de world so fur as Ah can see” (17).
Because Frado is of mixed race, she experiences an even worse sort of degradation than she would have if both of her parents had been black, a situation which leads to her position as a societal outcast. For example, Mrs. Bellmont’s hatred for Frado and the strength of her cruelty progressively increase throughout the story in part because Frado “was not many shades darker than Mary now,” suggesting that Mrs. Bellmont fears the power that black people could gain if they were treated as equals to whites in the North (Wilson 39). For example, Mrs. Bellmont forbids Frado from sheltering her skin from the sun in an attempt to make Frado darker. She fears that her peers will notice that Frado is not much darker than Mary: “what a calamity it would be to ever hear that contrast spoken of.... Mrs. Bellmont was determined the sun should have full power to darken the shade which nature had first bestowed on her as best fitting” (Wilson 39). Although Mrs. Bellmont has already alienated Frado as a result of her skin color, she attempts to further remove Frado by attempting to expel Frado from the liminal space she occupies as a mulatto by making her darker skinned.
He responded with unnecessary harshness, to which Cassie felt humiliated and angry. She stood up for herself prominently by screaming at the man and had to be taken away by Stacey. Since she is a young and fiery, most of her retaliations are met with only further hatred. This doesn’t stop her from standing up, though. Another of her pop-ups were with Lillian Jean, a white girl who humiliated her in Strawberry.
They have not only “…been abused by white men…” (Matus, 119), but also they begin to lose their humanity. Even, the black people aren’t given permission to learn writing and reading. It is clear that “…if blacks could write they should not be treated as animals” (Rice, 103). The female characters in the novel, especially Baby Suggs is brave to mention the inhuman acts of white race in her community. “Those white things have taken all I had or dreamt, “she said, “and broke my heartstrings, too.
Hilly was also very degrading towards others, and manipulative. “‘Like I’d even consider beating my friend Yule May Crookle out a her job. Miss Hilly think everbody just as two-faced as she is (Stockett 398).’” According to this quote, it is clear to see that Ms. Hilly does not have a good reputation in the black community. In the novel, Ms. Hilly is shown to be cruel to those who oppose her. She threatens Minny, Skeeter, and just about anyone who does not go along with her plans, or is associating with the black community For instance, when Yule May was denied of a raise to help her boys get into college from Ms. Hilly, she had no choice but to steal from Ms. Hilly.
Similarly, Celie from The Color Purple (Walker) submits to severe sexual, verbal, physical, and emotional abuse from both her father and Mr. ___, because she believes her status, as a dark black woman, deserves such abuse. Though other black women within the novel encourage Celie to fight back, she does not begin to take back her life until she discovers Mr. ___’s cruelty in hiding Nettie’s letters for so many years. Neither Ellison’s Narrator nor Celie are inherently different from their counterparts, but the social stratification, layering of people into hierarchical levels, sets them apart as somehow “lesser” beings, demonized or diminished. Both characters travel difficult roads to overcome the status with which they have been pegged, but they finally do so: the Narrator into the isolation of his underground home and Celie into the comfort of being surrounded by other women of
An ironic character is the black woman, who Julian and his mother encounter on the bus. The scene where black woman’s “fist swung out with the red pocketbook “was an unanticipated scene. Because she experiences discrimination and prejudice first hand she would know the pain and hurt it causes. From these instances you’d think she’d be the last person to puts her prejudice and misunderstanding upon somebody else but she isn’t. As Julian’s mother is playing with the black women’s son Carter, she reprimands her son for playing with the white woman.
The plot of the short story, “Brownies”, by ZZ Packer, is of a troop of young girl scouts who are of African American descent. The story depicts them attempting to brawl with another group due to the “brownie” troop assuming another called them a particular insult. Whether the other troop, Troop 909, in called the others a racial slur is left to ambiguity, although it is strongly suggested that they did not in fact refer to them in an invective manner. When the other troop is confronted about it, it is discovered that Troop 909 simply consisted of mentally disabled girls all in one group. Due to this, it is only fitting that the theme of the story was to indicate individuals with disadvantages in life should rejoice and unify rather than combat
Although Arnetta appears as a strongest character in the story; she is the weakest character, because she does things to hurt people. On page 280, Arnetta talks about how the other troop smells like wet chihuahuas. Which shows to the audience that she is a bully. On page 284 and 285, Arnetta tells the group that one of the girls from the other troop called Daphne the n word. Arnetta tries to do anything to get the other girls against troop 909.
To begin, the fact that Lily was white and Rosaleen was black shows the audience that racism was irrational. Even though at first, Lily thought all blacks were uneducated, we see her grow and learn. They bring characters like August that opened Lily’s eyes to a new world. When she begins to develop feelings for Zach it is a totally new world. In school she was taught that they were just trouble, but fell for him anyway and realized everyone was wrong.
Although the girls aren’t muslim, they’re all black and they too face discrimination because of their skin. In our discussion, some of the girls shared that many times their peers and family were the ones to inflict discrimination on them. One example was that many times, the dark skinned girls are often told they’re “pretty for a dark skinned girl.” That resonated something in me because I too often hear that phrase. What hurts the most is that it’s coming from my fellow African American/caribbean peers. I always respond I don’t know how to respond the that.