Cost Her A Whipping From Momma Analysis

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The black community of Stamps, especially Maya, highly values the importance of respect, compensating for the wrongdoings they suffered. A name is a way of communicating. Maya’s reaction to the name Mary shows her dislike of a name she does not associate with herself. Especially hard for Maya as an African American to speak up to Mrs. Cullinan because “[Negros have] been called niggers, jigs, dinges, blackbirds, crows, boots and spooks” (109). Calling Maya by the name Mary, one she does not appreciate, shows the pride whites have over those inferior to them. Maya does not speak up against Mrs. Cullinan because she knows she will get beat. For example, Maya’s incorrect use of the phrase “by the way” cost her a whipping from Momma because “by
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