It was not until she was sent to school in Jacksonville Florida that she actually realized her diversity, or as she put in her short story “To be Colored Me”, “the very day that I became colored “(Hurston). When she arrived in Jacksonville it was the first time that she had such a great contrast of her color to that of the larger of society. “I was not Zora of Orange County any more; I was now a little colored girl. I found it out in certain ways, in my heart as well as in the mirror” (Hurston). Zora was lucky however to have grown up in an all black community where she was not harassed for her color and looked down upon by others.
Hurston outlines her life a young black girl who took a positive attitude in life after her dad ships her off to stay with her brother. It was her induction into the white world. Eatonville was an all-black town so for Hurston she never got to experience what it was like to be discriminated against for her ethnicity until she was thirteen years of age when she had to move to Jacksonville, Florida. She had to go to Jacksonville, Florida for school because there was a family issue that had come about. Being in Jacksonville she starts to become more attuned to the racial discrimination that was so much a part of our lives in that era.
As a reader of the Zora Neale Hurston book; Dust Tracks on a road, I discovered many different significance of the title. Zora was a little black girl growing up in the 1900’s, where in that time period their where a lot of race riots. She never established that she was misused or treated poorly by whites. According to Zora she got the most love and gracious from whites. Due to that time period a color girl being civil with whites and getting treated nicely by whites was not usual.
I argue that Bonner is writing her essay about the historical context of oppression forcing women into intersectional oppression by explaining the naturality of racial discrimination between black and white, how time and money equate to the American Dream, and lastly how gender discrimination silences women, specifically black women. Biography-Harlem renaissance Marita Bonner, a former African American writer, essayist, and playwright during the time of the Harlem Renaissance is known for her essays and first fictional work known as “Frye Street.” She was born on June 16, 1898, in
The right of African American is an essential subject for many texts in any historical time period. Malcolm X and Danzy Senna both pick the discrimination of African American as their main point for their essays. In The Mulatto and Millenium, Danzy Senna tells her own stories about how she grows up as a black girl with a Wasp mother and a black-Mexican father. In another hand, From The Ballot or the Bullet is a speech of Malcolm to persuade African American to group together regardless religion to fight for their human right. Although From the Ballot or the Bullet (Malcolm X) and The Mulatto Millennium (Danzy Senna) share the same main idea and some rhetorical devices, each of them has some unique devices that make their essays more interesting and influenced.
She explains how she feels in regards to the color of her skin; she states, “She’s not tragically colored” (The Norton Anthology American Literature, 2013, p. 9, I reason that this is in regards to where she grew up at. Zora grew up in Eatonville, Florida, a town governed by black people; she only saw white people as they passed threw the town heading into another town. Zora states, “I do not always feel colored. Even now I often achieved the unconscious Zora of Eatonville before the Hegira. I feel most colored when I am thrown against a sharp white background.” (The Norton Anthology American Literature, 2013, p. 942) This passage is in regards to her growing up in an all-black town of three hundred people, furthermore, her feeling the most colored only when she’s around all white people and being the only black person.
When the narrators reflects upon her past the reader is provided with important details of Mama growing up as an African American girl before the Civil Rights movement, which played a huge role in shaping Mama’s submissive and uneducated character. This is essential because “Everyday Use” is in essence about racial identity, or how racial oppression plays a vital role in who we are. For example, the narrator explains, “I never had an education myself. After second grade the school was closed down. Don 't ask me why: in 1927 colored asked fewer questions than they do now.” (157).
“Born in 1891, Hurston spent much of her childhood in Eatonville, Florida” (Boyd 28). Hurston was born and raised in the first incorporated black township in the United States. “Eatonville provided her with a sense of identity and emotional health rare for a black American growing up at the turn of the century” (Boyd 28). In the video Tell About the South, Hurston stated she lived not in “the black back-side of an average town but a pure Negro town—charter, mayor, council, town marshal and all.” As a child, Hurston was sheltered from the realities of discrimination and hatred against blacks. Author Mary E. Lyons explains: “Eatonville residents were somewhat safe from lynchings and other racial violence, although Zora recalled that the village did its best to teach her fear of white strangers” (11).
In the case of Zora Neale Hurston even though she was born in Alabama on January 7, 1891 she always referred to the rural community of Eatonville, Florida where she moved with her family as a toddler as her hometown. Coincidently Eatonville was the nation’s first incorporated black township which was probably a contributing factor to Hurston’s lack of feeling of inferiority during a time in which racism was rampant. During her years growing up in Eatonville she was able to see the world from a totally different perspective than most African Americans during that period. Instead of segregation, inequality, and poverty she witnessed her elders as being productive and revered members of society. She lived a happy childhood until... ... middle of paper ... ...rst and foremost she was a proud woman.
Raised as the daughter of a well-to-do, white Mississippi planter, Iola Leroy learns later on in life that she has African blood and is consequently sold as a slave. After being freed, Iola pledges the remainder of her life to live as a black woman instead of passing. The shameful experiences she had during her time as a slave and her admiration for the African American race to which she newly belonged were the motivating factors of her decision to live as a black woman and labor for racial uplift. “… I was sold from State to State as an article of merchandise. I had outrages heaped on me which might well crimson the cheek of honest womanhood with shame, but I never fell into the clutches of an owner for whom I did not feel the utmost loathing and intensest horror.