The Color of Water

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The Color of Water

But there was a part of me that feared black power very deeply for the obvious reason. I thought black power would be the end of my mother. (26) -person vs society-

James had many people that acted as allies. Chicken man, was one of many who gave advice to James when most necessary, that helped him get back on tho his feet when James took a wrong turn in life.

"You have to choose between what the world expects of you and what you want for yourself." (161)

The Color of WaterBy James McBride

"Will I be a black nobody or just a nobdy?' 'If you're a nobody' she said dryly, 'it doesn't matter what color you are"(92)

As we approached the church I started to shake and sweat, and just before we reached the church doorway, I stepped out of line. I couldn't do it." (158)_-Person vs Self-

James and his mother Ruth were the main protagonists in The Color of Water. The book was written like diary entries explaining parts of their lives in great detail, and how they grew in their communities. James was always getting racist remarks, but he learned how to ignore them and he became very successful later in his life.

James McBride wrote The Color of Water to help him develope a better understading of how his racial, religous, and social identity really impacted his community.

"A race of people is like an individual man; until it uses its own talent, takes pride in its own history, expresses its own cukture affirms its own selfhood, it can never fulfill itslef"-MalcomX

"Well, I didn't feel number one with nobody but him, and I didn't give a boot that he was black"(113)

"Put yourself in God's hands and you can't go wrong"(161)

"The shopping bag full of macaroni and cheese and sweet potato pies burst out open and food flew everywhere as Mommy held on to her purse, spinning around in a crazy circle with the mugger, neither saying a wordas they both desperately wrestled for..." (34) Person vs Person

"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools" - Martin Luther King Jr.


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