Analysis Of ' The Logan Family Saga ' Essay

1766 Words Dec 7th, 2015 8 Pages
Cassie’s inability to understand the treatment of blacks, and how the black people responded, is pushed even further as the day in Strawberry continues. As Cassie, T.J. and Stacey leave, she bumps into Lillian Jean Simms, a white girl around Cassie’s age, who demands an apology (113). When Mr. Simms comes, he pushes Cassie off of the sidewalk when she attempts to turn away (114). When Big Ma appears, Cassie is trying to get away from the Simms family. However, Mr. Simms demands an apology and Big Ma, reluctantly, tells Cassie to do as he says. The chapter ends with Cassie’s thought: “No day in all my life had ever been as cruel as this one,” (116). Barker concludes:
Such initiation scenes, common in the Logan family saga, awaken the child character and vicariously the implied readers to racism’s wrongs. Cassie, who despite loving parents’ protection has encountered much racism, is initiated into the unfair realities of racism repeatedly because she cannot recognize – let alone accept – the extent to which society’s rules for blacks are different than for whites. (Barker 126)
Cassie cannot comprehend why she is being treated this way; her ignorance of “society’s rules” prevents her from seeing the situation as it was. Cassie merely saw a man ignoring her for another customer, rather than understanding that it was the social belief that the white customers were more important, and therefore were taken care of first. Cassie’s perception of the world had been shattered, and as…

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