Maya's Story Summary: The Degradation Of Blacks By Whites

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Many of the problems Maya encounters in her childhood stem from the prejudices and racism of her white neighbors.
Maya's employer, Mrs. Cullinan, when she was ten years old, insisted upon calling her "Mary" or "Margaret". Maya is unable to tolerate this because "whites called black people too many other names", so Maya deliberately tries to get fired. She finally succeeds by breaking Mrs. Cullinan's old-fashioned china. She has to endure the insult of her name being shortened to "Mary" by a racist employer. The abbreviating of Margaret's name into Mary shows the degradation of Blacks by Whites. Mrs. Cullinan shortens Margaret's name since she believes she has all the rights to her.
In history white slave holders has always been considered
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