Thursday, February 5, 2009

MIS for week 3, Race and Place

The sentence that I found most interesting in the readings for this week was from Race and Place by Tracie Hall. When talking about her childhood her childhood experience with the library "on the other side of the tracks," compared to the one in her own neighborhood, she says, "The inequities between the two libraries had restated our insignificance. 'There is something inferior about the people who live over there,' the white cathedral seemed to be taunting." I think the racial divide that was present in the fifties is especially apparent in this passage, and it shows how the young, naive girl did not even fully realize the extent to which she was being cheated by society. She had made weekly trips to the library in her neighborhood, but after seeing the "white cathedral," she stopped going to her library, which must have seemed simply insignificant. I think that the phrase "separate is inherently unequal" is proved quite vividly in this short story.

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