Annotated Bibliography Of ' The Coming Of Age '

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Geneva Smith
P. Foster
Composition 132
11 May 2016
Internalized Oppression in Coming of Age in Mississippi
According to the author’s mother, Toosweet, black people will always face despair because change within the white supremacy system is nearly impossible. In the novel Coming of Age in Mississippi, internalized oppression divides the black community in the face of white oppression. By accepting the injustices, the black community indirectly supports oppression. Moody’s family hates the idea of rebelling against the injustice. Internalized oppression affects anyone who perceives as inferior by the oppressor. The feud with colorism, the fear of rebellion, and the normalization of discrimination influences the racial etiquette of Toosweet’s generation.
Internalized oppression influences the discrimination among the black community in Centreville. In the novel, Toosweet marries into a family of fair-skinned African Americans who are not very accepting of her. Toosweet’s mother in law, Ms. Pearl, believes her family’s lighter skin tone makes them more superior. . This color struck ideology directly contributes to the separation within the black community. “Light-skinned, and sometimes dark-skinned, people attribute higher status and grant more power and wealth to one group, typically those designated as White, and believe that that is the right thing to do; then for the same reasons, people attribute higher status and grant more power and wealth to people of one complexion,…
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