The Coming of Age in Mississippi is a true story that revealed Essie Mae growing up years during the 40s, 50s, and the 60s in which she experienced hardship in a poverty-stricken environment where her parents could not afford to provide her with the luxury of life. As Essie Mae grew from childhood to adulthood, she observed the differences in the way blacks were treated as opposed to whites. “Essie Mae followed her white friend Katie and her siblings in the downstairs lobby area of the movie theatre in which blacks were forbidden” (Moody 201). Toosweet was well aware of the differences in the treatment of blacks and whites so she took her family home with strong words of discipline for Essie Mae. Because of what happens at the movie, Essie Mae was able to see a clear distinction between the two races. She states, “their schools, homes, and streets were better than mine” (Moody 202). This certainly created a question in Essie Mae mind, and she was determined to find the secret. The inequality between the blacks and whites race prompts Essie Mae to become a play doctor in order to examine the privates of her white friends, and her family members (Moody 201). “I had seen everything they had but their privates and it wasn’t any different than mine” (Moody 201).
Therefore, Essie Mae called it a crazy idea, but in her mind, she needed to see their privates in search for answers to the secret as to why the whites were treated differently from the blacks. As a play doctor, Essie Mae had “Katie, Bill, Sandra, and Paul plus Adline and Junior to take off their clothes and stand in line and she examined them not once but three times in searching for the secret” (Moody 202). “She even looked in their...
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...e a vast difference in the inequality between the blacks and whites race. Her thinking may seems crazy in examine the “privates”, but Anne had a valid reason for during so because of racism being practices in her home state and against her people. Anne became a part of these organizations’ movements the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to continue to fight for the Civil Rights of her people in her home states. The inequality between the blacks and whites race prompts Essie Mae to become a play doctor in order to examine the privates of her white friends, and her family members (Moody 201). “I had seen everything they had but their privates and it wasn’t any different than mine. Therefore, I made up a game called “The Doctor” (Moody 202).
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