Summary Of Cornell West's Breaking Bread

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Three dolls are placed on a table for a little girl to choose from, one of a white baby doll, one of a black baby doll, and one of a Hispanic baby doll. The interviewer asks the little girl a series of questions, including the question, "which doll is the ugly doll?" The child shamefully points at the black baby doll. This child is only 4 years old and black. Members of the black community have developed insecurities around their external looks as a direct result of slavery. This has led to a lack of self-love that has in turn permeated into different facets of everyday life, such as: marriage and dating and media appearance. That four-year-old black girl, though unknowingly, spoke volumes without even using her words. That girl showed the …show more content…
They speak about how in literature we see more interracial relationships, and how “Black men ‘escape’ these kinds of problems with Black women by sometimes genuinely, sometimes in authentically falling in love with White women” (Cornell West pg. 114). They find that Black men are escaping to other women, because of how the media makes the viewer perceive the black woman as an angry black woman. The media is now the new form of slavery, which is breaking apart the black relationships. It is within the fleeing of the Black man into the white women’s arms that many Black women write off Black men because some Black men today have written off black women, not just as a girlfriend or a wife, but as a friend or colleague. “I don’t feel like his choice is necessarily informed by a disdain for Blackness, but if he ignores me, then I think the brother has got a problem with self-love, self-imaging, and racial identity” (bell hooks, pg. 115). Self- love is the key I find to fill in the gap of Black on Black relationships. If a person finds within themselves what to love and that they along with the people who look like them that love they will break the chains of that the white dominated society has put on the black …show more content…
In W.E.B. DuBois book, The Souls of Black Folks, he discusses how his father had a dislike for Black people. Now, being a Black man himself it can be confusing, but what he did not like about the Black people was how they were treated and how at the time they could not get released from the invisible chains they have attached to us. For a while DuBois did not understand his father, but it was when he understood the veil, he was under when he understood what his skin color put him

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