Summary Of Passing By Nella Larson

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In Passing by Nella Larson, two biracial women pass as white while one embraces her black identity the other denies her black identity. Race, identity, and belonging is determined by the culture the family choses to identity with. Clare has no other choice but to accept her white culture on the surface but she desires to be reconnected back to her black culture. Clare decision to accept her white culture was for the privileges that came from passing. Biracial children have a difficult time finding a sense of self and where they belong. Clare Kendy had no choice in denying her Black heritage, her hypocritical white Aunts did not want their neighbors to know that their niece was black and that their brother had mixed with the races. Therefore

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