Racism Exposed In Alice Walker's The Flowers

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In Alice Walker’s “The Flowers,” Walker exposes the racial subjugation faced by African- Americans at her time (1970’s). Racism is a detailed word rooted in ignorance and a lack of understanding. It is a word made up of reality that cannot be denied. As children, one does not see white, black, Asian, Hispanic, etc. They are innocent and search skin deep. However, for centuries racism has tainted the human race. To demonstrate, Walker instills this innocent persona of how we should see the main character Myop when she includes, “She was ten, and nothing existed for her but her song, the stick clutched in her dark brown hand…tat-de-ta-ta-ta.” (Second paragraph/ Alice Walker). The author includes a healthy mix of direct and indirect characterization to help the readers paint a picture of his young and innocent girl. …show more content…

In fact, on the first page Walker mentions share croppers when she says, “Turning her back on the rusty boards of her family's sharecropper cabin.” Share croppers were used from the 1870’s to the 1950’s. They were used in a way that would give the landowner a share of their crops in return for piece of their land. However, they usually result in the individual owing more crops than they can pay off. Which ultimately resulted in poverty or the need to agree to unfair and exploitative sharecropping or ending up with a contract that will lessen your chances of ameliorating your situation. This just goes to show the innocence of Myop and many children similar to herself. However, society is quick to corrupt the minds of the innocent children by desensitizing them from all the bad news they hear on the television. In fact, Walker includes having Myop get a glimpse of the world when she says, “It was the rotted remains of a noose,” (second page/ Alice Walker). The noose is a device used for killing people, in this case a black

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  • Analyzes how alice walker's "the flowers" exposes the racial subjugation faced by african-americans at her time.
  • Analyzes how society corrupts the minds of innocent children by desensitizing them from bad news. the noose is a device used for killing people.
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