April 1, 2005

McBride's Discussion

The part of the book that i would like to start a discussion on simply bacause it moved me and i think it has a lot to say about the discussion we were having in class on Tuesday, was Chapter 'Black power', pages 35-36. in this part of the book he is explainin he movement of the Black panthers, and as a child in school how he waited for the bus, seeing his mother next to a man who was one and was afraid for his life. i

think this chapter teaches and shows a lot about the conflict n his book, the fear for him to be accepted, the fear of knowing that people knew and saw that his mother was white, that his family was different in a time where race tolerance was stil not fully acccepted. i think is movng because i don't think tha child that age fears for ts parents life over something like that.
Also in the chapter he explains how a neibour of the was a black panther and the childs familiarity with the group and utter and absolute fear. And the confussion of finding himself in the middle of orming an identity that nobody in that period of time had any trouble doing.

It reinded me of a saying that i heard onece that said thatoften mixed children have a prolem defining an identity, because they never know whitch culture to claim as their own, does anybody agree or disagree with this and has this particular passage made them think so?

Posted by MisheilaPellot at April 1, 2005 9:24 AM | TrackBack

I agree that kids who come from a mixed background probably have a hard time defining their own identity; however, I feel that the key to overcoming this problem is embracing both sides of that past, which McBride's mother encourages her children to do.

Posted by: ChrisU at April 8, 2005 5:35 PM
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