That's what I thought when I looked at the dark circle on the ground. Piss was piss."(88). Lily shows resentment toward the way June was treating her. June doesn't seem to like Lily because of the fact that she is white. Lily also says, "This was a great revelation — not that I was white but that it seemed like June might not want me here because of my skin color.
Without even knowing it, she is being a bit of a racist when she states, “I’ve just never heard of a Negro lawyer, that’s all. You’ve got to hear of these things before you can imagine them” (Kidd 121). Lily does not realize she is putting Zach down by saying the statement above. Zach became defensive and stood up for himself, but surprisingly did not hold a grudge. It was more of him teaching Lily a lesson that the most famous and intelligent people do not get where they are
The beauty standards of white Western culture, the sexual abuse of Pecola by her father, and Pecola’s low economic status have multiplicative effects on Pecola and all aid in her progressive alienation from society as well as her fall towards insanity. Deborah King states that “the experience of black women is assumed to be synonymous with that of either black males or white females” (King 45). It is mistakenly granted that either there is no difference in being black and female than being generically black or generically female. The intensity of the physical and psychological impact of racism is very different from that of sexism. For example, the group experience of slavery and lynching for blacks, and genocide for Native Americans is not comparable to the physical abuse, social discrimination, and cultural denigration suffered by women.
Implying Negroes perceive the ability to strive yet, diminish due to the lack of formal education. On the other hand Miss Tate’s counterpart Lula, devalues the black community by confirming stereotypes. The fact Lula is out-spoken doesn’t necessarily mean she is well-spoken. Her aggressive behavior puts her loved ones at risk. Drowning in her own pool of ignorance, Lula criticizes Jem and Scout’s presence at the black church despite their relation to Atticus Finch, the one lawyer in America self-righteous enough to defend a black man.
He himself had dark hair although His eyes were blue as bottleglass, so I believed" (137). Alienated from her culture, she joins a convent and, in addition to working much mischief within the Anishinabe community, she adopts an acetic way of life that becomes increasingly self-mutating. Pauline believes that she is "hollow unless pain filled" her (193). Both Pecola and Pauline experience a self-hatred that is the result of internalized racism. For Pecola, it manifests itself as the loss of her mind; for Pauline, it can be seen in her extreme self-mutilation.
The children, jealous of her living conditions and angry at her lifestyle, constantly remind her of her poor, unreliable parents in order to let Janie “not be takin’ on over mah looks” (Hurston 26). The children make sure Janie knows she is black, no matter who she lives with. The idea that blacks are lower than whites is implied by the blacks themselves, more than the whites, in Their Eyes Were Watching God. In Eatonville, the members of the town are jealous of and scorn Jody and Janie because of their wealth and power. They believe Jody, with his money, status, and mannerisms, acts more like a “white man” than a “black man.” Here again is an example
His intention,was noble and honorable yet it was overlooked as a result of racial discrimination “I felt sorry for her... You felt sorry for her, you felt sorry for her?" (Page 200 Tom Robinson, Mr. Gilmer). A black man feeling sorry for a white woman was found to be contemptible. As Mr. Gilmer implies how can a Negro feel empathy for a white woman who is much higher above his class in the social hierachy? Mr. Gilmer
Due to the nature of complexity in this idea, an extensive analysis is not only necessary, but it is imperative. Some of the underlying causes of colorism are not easy to spot with the naked eye, but with a little digging, they become quite apparent. Under colorism, darker-skinned African Americans are considered to be less attractive, unequal, and less intelligent than their lighter-skinned African Americans counterparts. Darker-skinned African Americans are seen as less attractive within communities of African descent, especially when it comes to females. They have become victims of a terrible form of racism, targeted by members of their own race.
Irrationality of racism in “The Secret Life of Bees” The irrationality of racism is displayed throughout Sue Kidd’s “The Secret Life of Bees”. Kidd displays all the characters with dignity. She demonstrates the different personalities of whites and blacks during this time. When Rosaleen goes to vote she is harassed for no reason by white men. Lily feels that all blacks are like Rosaleen; uneducated and laborers.