by James McBride
Racism in Mixed Racial Families
THIS IS MY SUMMARY CLOSING:
Both characters, Ruth and James dealt with issues of racism, religion, and identity differently.Ruth chose to ignore
her race because it was easier to live within her own world than in a world that
had been so unaccepting and cruel. James dealt with the racism he experienced by attempting to learn
more about his back ground so he could understand his differences from those around him. A sense of
ones self is derived from the identity on ones parents. As he began to uncover his own identity, he
took pride in the fact that he was the grandson of a Jewish rabbi and a child of an all-black Red
Hooks Project. Since Ruth lived with an abusive and over ruling father, was surrounded by a
community, un-accepting of Jews, and had a low self image, she chose to forget who she was and
where she came from in order to go on. She learned about God who lifted her up, forgave her, and
made her feel new. James felt guilt for not having pride in the mother he loved, and insecurity for not
being able to identify with both his parents. He found himself torn between two races. Instead of
running away from the racism he was faced with, he chose to meet it in the face by searching for his
roots. As his mother began to open up and talk about her past, James felt the connection to her and
both came to realize it really doesn’t matter what a person’s race or religion is. People should judge
you for who you are and not by the color
of your skin or the religion you practice.
Need opening with 3 paragraphs to relate to my conclusion.
Use quotes- followed by commentary.
4 paragraphs- HOOK or Thesis-Issues of race and identity were troubling not only for Ruth, but for her twelve children manifesting themselves in many different ways.
Paragraph 1 opening about racial prejudice.
paragraph 2- Ruth' background and how she deals with discrimination
paragraph 3- How racial discrimination affected the children and what Ruth did
paragraph 4- James and how he deals with racial discrimination
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