Brownies The short story “Brownies” written by ZZ Packer and narrated by one of the Girl Scouts named Laurel or “Snot”, involves a confrontation in a restroom over a perceived racial slur between a troop of black Girl Scouts and a troop of white Girl Scouts. Ironically, the black troop comes to find that the white girls were in fact, retarded or “delayed learners”. The irony is doubled when the black Girl Scouts have no misgivings at even calling the white Girl Scouts “retarded” while arguing over the racial slur that was heard by the girls, “nigger”. Dramatic Irony is irony that occurs when the meaning of the situation is understood by the audience but not by the characters in play. Throughout the entire story, the black Girl Scout troop wants to physically confront the white Girl Scout troop over a racial slur that they weren’t even sure was said.
Daniel Hamilton 5/6/10 Research Paper Alvarez, Julia Julia Alvarez is a Dominican, Hyphen, and American poet. She is a fairly new poet just coming through in the final decades from the century. Alvarez insists and truly elaborates in her writing on importance of essential ties of what she recalls torn and broken by competing with languages and how living in two different parts of the country is effective today, and she lets us in first hand on what is it like. Alvarez has completed a few but very popular novels and many thoughtful, visual poems. Her writing is so popular and well known because it is a deep, dark, and true perspective of how living in a different country, and moving to a new country has an effect on everyone and what exactly happens.
They each dealt with confrontations in different ways. Julian’s mother was nice to the little black children, but totally ignored the parents. Mrs. Turpin had no choice but to be nice to the black people. If she was mean or rude to them, they might not go back to her fields to work. Even though the end of these two stories seemed to be similar, they were actually very different.
In the novel, Celie starts of as an abused, submissive wife, but is transformed into a confident and independent black woman, which goes against the ‘traditional’ values of that time. The male dominance in the novel is portrayed in several ways, sexual aggression being the main one. The novel itself is set between 1900-1940, in rural Georgia, where males often had power over their wives and children. The men were expected to control their wives and show superiority, this was commonly shown amongst the black community. Due to the daily humiliation faced by the ‘black man’ from the white people, the black men turned their frustration towards their women by beating them.
Mrs. Turpin, who could only agree in the negative, added that “there’s a heap of things worse than a nigger”. Mrs. Turpin wanted to give “the white-trash woman” the “merest edge of her attention”, but engaged in a long conversation with her exposing their likeness. Mrs. Turpin’s female fieldhands provide a stark contrast to her inability to empathize. As she described her attack by “a big, fat girl with her face all broke out”, the younger women, who related well to her, expressed rage at her insult and injury, yet she thought them idiots and their “Negro flattery” worthless. The older woman, ever so generous in spirit, even expressed concern for Mrs.
Both men tried to turn Janie into what they believed was the ideal women, but they never loved Janie for who she was. She was never able to take control over these situations and comes to grip with her individuality. She was pressured to make decision based off what other people thought and not what she truly felt. This never really becomes evident to the reader until the hurricane and Janie’s new found
In Sue Monk Kidd’s novel The Secret Life of Bees, racism is portrayed in different ways from a varied range of characters. The main character, Lily discovers that before she starts to live with the Boatwright sisters, she is very racist toward black people. When first living with the Boatwright’s, one of the sisters June discriminates against Lily, which is what is called reverse racism. The churches, although were expected to be very accepting of everyone, were the worst people to discriminate against African Americans in The Secret Life of Bees. White people don’t like to believe that they practice identity politics.
Her focus to prevent young women from choosing the wrong path in life is her way of giving back. “I am especially concerned with the African female American, the ghetto girl whom nobody ever tells the definition of womanhood, or manhood for that matter”. (Souljah xiv) Her voice speaks just that in this book and its realness leaves the reader moved. Growing up in the Bronx’s projects in the peak of the 90’s Souljah observes everything around her from disrespectful men targeting vulnerable females, lack of intelligence, the dysfunctional and scarce family oriented homes and an ignorant community of individuals out to hurt their own race instead of sticking together. For Souljah growing up in the Bronx’s project community was a struggle every day.
Black women know the experience of living in an oppressed community. They know their communities are both underserved by the police and at the same time are subject to excessively domineering police actions. This results in large scale arrest and incarceration of black men and other men of color. Black women feel the effects of racism on their community and the economic consequences of racism, not only for themselves, but for their men as well. Many black women, even those experiencing violence at the hands of black men, will try to avoid subjecting black men to the possibility of law enforcement oversight or control.
They are living under a double minority: one in being a woman and being an African American slave. As we all know women do not have much of a say in all of America being that the white man is and always will be the supremacist for years to come. Enslaved women are trapped in a hole that just seems to be getting deeper. On top of all the abuse and torment, the communities were all of the discriminate acts take place tend to want to completely ignore what is happening. Churches even state that men who commit adultery with African American women does not “exist” because there is nothing wrong with having sexual actions with black women.