Douglass And The Uncle Tom's Cabin Analysis
On the other side, the end of slavery did not stop the growing sentiments of racism and prejudices toward African Americans. Anne Moody, in her autobiography Coming of Age of the Mississippi River, illustrates that in the afterward of the slavery, racism and racial inequality became a big issue in society. Moreover, the experience of living in a segregated nation, facing white supremacy, and witnessing racial inequality and injustices helped the writer to shape her attitudes toward white people.
At the beginning of the book, Moody is quite young to understand the complexity of racism; however, she starts noticing the differences between the two groups and experiencing the incommodities of segregated facilities. Her childhood without a doubt was characterized by poverty and lack of prospect. After her parents divorced, her mother barely made enough money to feed the family and meet its basic needs. Moody felt envy of those white kids that …show more content…
The idea that the white race was superior that other races especially blacks was well accepted by society as a whole. As minority groups, African Americans had to conform to exercising only some of their rights. Moreover, blacks were constantly fighting to get out of the shadows but the dominant group always tried to prevent them for advancing in life. Also, the writer criticizes her own race for not being brave enough to stand up and stop white racists. Furthermore, Moody relates her experience when working with Mrs. Burke, one of the “meanest white women in town” as very frustrating. Although she was aware that Mrs. Burke was an open racist who “would let her dog occupy a seat at her dining table before she would a Negro” she had to work with her in order to provide food for her family (119). Also, it is important to point that African Americas had to deal with prejudices and racism coming from their own people. To illustrate this, Moody points out that mulatto, a lighter skin black considered themselves better that the rest of community members. For example, when her mother went to live with Raymond, her brother’s father, his family did not accept her for the fact that “she was a couple shades darker” than them. Clearly, some Africans America were discriminated even by people of their own race. Moody points that there was clear distinction between the blacks