Social Relationships In The Secret Life Of Bees

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In The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Mon Kidd, the story mentions about the relationship between Lily and a colored boy named Zach is very exceptional. Back in their time, most white people would not think about dating or being with someone who was black. It was like a rule because of segregation in the U.S. However, Lily and Zach are attracted to each other, although they are different races. When Lily meets Zach, she is surprised that she falls in love with him, because she is always use to thinking that black people are not attractive. She says “if he was shocked over me being white, I was shocked over him being handsome” (Kidd 116). Lily, in turn, supports Zach on the way to become a lawyer, even though it would be a difficult time for black people to achieve this career in the southern area. Everything Zach does for he wants to create the word to be okay to marry with a white girl. He says “we can’t think of changing our skin, change the word…show more content…
According to Hubbynet, “with so many marriages happening in the United States, it is hard to believe that as recently as 1966, 17 states actually had laws against interracial marriage. And all of the states regulated marriage between whites and other races” (Yobo1). American was discovered in disbelief on learning that seventeen states had laws prohibiting interracial marriage. according to the article “The Problem with Interracial Marriage,” it points out that “interracial marriage has been prohibited basically throughout the entire history of the United States from 1962 until 1967, and that irreversible fact has extensive, omnipresent consequences, shaping everything from access to stuff to who makes it in Hollywood to our ideas of beauty” (Moore). The writer considers us to look at the past in the direction of greater equality and support for an idea for the good of the marriage between the

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