It’s very ironic that the narrator keeps referring everything towards the color white, which normally represents purity and the girl is constantly lying about her ethnicity. “ Dresses came straight out the window of Madison Blanche” she described this store in a high manner as if only high class people shopped there even the translation of “ Madison Blanche” means white house. It’s no secret that during these times black people were viewed as less, compared to caucasian people. So it’s not really a shocker that the narrator has the girl going around lying because she can easily get away with it. “Then washed my mouth out with Ivory soap” this is a very old school tradition that parents did to children when they found out that they were cursing.
The novel’s protagonist, Janie Crawford, a woman who dreamt of love, was on a journey to establish her voice and shape her own identity. She lived with Nanny, her grandmother, in a community inhabited by black and white people. This community only served as an antagonist to Janie, because she did not fit into the society in any respect. Race played a large factor in Janie being an outcast, because she was black, but had lighter skin than all other black people due to having a Caucasian ancestry.
Black people couldn’t go to certain restaurants, couldn’t go to the same bathroom as white people or even drink from the same water fountain as the white people. Natasha wanted to live the better life by being a white student, so when people would call her white she would just go with it and not correct anyone. Being white is a privilege and she liked passing as white. She could tell her white lies to people about her living uptown because in stanza 2 lines 5-6, Natasha’s mom makes her dresses homemade and they look like they came “straight out of Mansion Blanche.” Mansion Blanche is an expensive department store where a lot of the white people got their clothes from, and she wanted to fit in and be just like them.
In the poem “Nikki-Rosa,” Nikki Giovanni incorporates diction and imagery to prove that her childhood was happy in spite of her hardships. She writes about how throughout her life, her childhood was viewed as a hardship due to her race. However, “Black love is Black wealth” (22), implies that there was a strong community of people that was often dismissed when speaking of her childhood and she implies heavily that it wasn’t as awful as most people perceived it to be. In “Nikki-Rosa,” Nikki Giovanni adamantly refuses to accept others’ beliefs of her childhood only being full of hardships and sorrowful memories.
Throughout the book, Moody narrates the difference between and her mother’s way of thinking which signifies their generation gap. Anne mood’s mother, Toosweet Davis (Mama) led a challenging life of inequality and suppression. Just like many African Americans of her generation, Mrs. Davis fears to protest for justice and equality. Similarly, Toosweet lacked the confidence to stand up against her husband family. After witnessing this, Moody showed the lack of respect for her mother’s actions of belittling herself.
Social inequalities between black and white people are no longer as distinct as they were a few decades ago. Nevertheless, many people still have a lot of prejudices against African-Americans. The unfairness of socioeconomic status can be seen in our daily lives yet it is something that we push to the back of our minds. By showing these social inequalities through the use of language, Toni Cade Bambara 's short story "The Lesson" raises awareness for the African-American pursuit of cultural identity and emancipation. The reader gains an insight into the world of a black working class girl, named Sylvia, who narrates the story in African American vernacular English (AAVE).
Racial tension has been a hot topic in our country for a long time. No matter what laws and regulations are passed, there will still always be racial tensions and cruel people. In the short story “Brownies” by ZZ Packer, a young group of black girls are at a scout camp with other young, white girls. After being called the N word by a the group of white girls, the young black girls believe they are being discriminated against. Throughout the story, Packer depicts the very real problem of racial discrimination in young kids, just as in older adults.
Contemporary Black Biography). Hurston, like many writers, had struggled with her work. The subjects she wrote about were great, but she struggled to put them into words so the readers would understand what she was trying to get across to them about the black community and the struggles of being a woman during that time period. She would take long periods of time just sitting in her bedroom planning to figuring out the words to write with. She even did it when she was at parties.
She does not really know where she belongs to and as a consequence she sometimes feels closer to the white people and other times she feels more like a black woman. Paying attention to Myra and Tia (both black characters), we can check this uncertainty. There is a moment when Antoinette is talking to Myra and then she suddenly turns to have a look at her favourite picture “‘The Miller’s Daughter,’ a lovely English girl with brown curls and blue eyes” (p.), thus showing her white prejudice and her wish to become English. However, she sometimes feels identified with black women “it was as if I saw myself.
Morrison 's first novel, The Bluest Eye, examines the tragic effects of imposing white, middle-class American ideals of beauty on the developing female identity of a young African American girl during the early 1940s. Inspired by a conversation Morrison once had with an elementary school classmate who wished for blue eyes, the novel poignantly shows the psychological devastation of a young black girl, Pecola Breedlove, who searches for love and acceptance in a world that denies and devalues people of her own race. As her mental state slowly unravels, Pecola hopelessly longs to possess the conventional American standards of feminine beauty—namely, white skin, blonde hair, and blue eyes—as presented to her by the popular icons and traditions of white culture. Written as a fragmented narrative from multiple perspectives and with significant typographical deviations, The Bluest Eye juxtaposes passages from the Dick-and-Jane grammar school primer with memories and stories of Pecola 's life alternately told in retrospect by one of Pecola 's now-grown childhood friends and by an omniscient narrator. Published in the midst of the Black Arts movement that flourished during the late 1960s and early 1970s, The Bluest Eye has attracted
Natasha Tretheway’s poem “White Lies” is a story of innocence, childhood, and the struggle for personal identity in America. Tretheway uses the techniques of irony and double meaning in her poem to explore racial identity through the first person narrative of a bi-racial black woman looking back on her childhood. The speaker of the poem employs a double entendre to explore her struggle as a child uncomfortable with her racial identity.