Does your past have a big influence to who you are and your children? Ruth McBride has been hiding her past from her children her whole life; her past shaped her and James’ life despite all the struggles he had with his identity. In The Color of Water by James McBride, his character is shaped by the influence that Ruth, his mother, gives by being secretive about her past. James struggles with his identity from when he was a child to an adult, which over time became a major issue he struggles to deal with. Ruth’s secrets about her past influence James’ confusion with himself and motivates him to find out who he is in order to gain closure with himself.
My first awareness of racial identity and diversity occurred when I was in Year 3. Having being raised acknowledging acceptance of people of racial or cultural difference my thoughts of children of colour were positive and impartial. However, one day a boy in my class of Sri Lankan descent got into trouble with another student, but only the Sri Lankan boy was asked to go to the principal’s office. During our lunch break he came over to a group of us and told us that he thought he was the one that got into trouble ‘because he was ‘black’’. I remember thinking to myself, ‘why would he get into trouble just because he was black?’ It was in fact that both boys
Black son, white mother. Living in Brooklyn, which is a predominantly black neighborhood, during the 1950’s. Just by analyzing the two main characters and the setting we can conclude that a recurring theme in James McBride’s The Color of Water is racial prejudice and injustice. Racial prejudice and injustice are still present in today’s society. All you have to do to see it is turn on the news.
In the Color of Water, Ruth Mcbride has an important significance, because her complex past is what propels the book. Without her, the book would not be nearly as interesting. James Mcbride, Ruth’s son and author of the book, portrays Ruth as a secretive, un maternal like, and spiritual woman. Ever since James was a child, he remembers his mother never mentioning her past or her racial identity. James notes:”She had a complete distrust authority and an insistence on complete privacy which seemed to make her and my family odder .... Matters involving race and identity she ignored (9) Ruth keeps her past hidden away from her children, so that she doesn’t have to relive painful memories or inquire her past. In doing so, Ruth also doesn’t label
In my quest to multitask and save time, I decided to give it a try, and I have to say that I loved it! Honestly, I have not had anyone read aloud to me in years, and this is sort of what it reminded me of. Brown Girl Dreaming was a fantastic audio to listen to. The memoir is written in verse and depicts the conflicts the author faces as a young black girl growing up in both the North and the South. Because you are listening to the story, I felt as if there was so much more that I took away than if I have physically read the book. Listening to the author describe her feelings, dreams, and emotions and the difference in treatment in South Carolina and New York in the late 1960s/70s gives a deeper understanding of the issues that different races faced even in progressively modern times. Brown Girl Dreaming was one of the first books I have listened to by audio, but it will not be
When people are treated unfairly or unjustly, how should they perceive it and how do they generally react to this? In The Color of Water by James McBride, prejudice shapes James and Ruth in many ways, James has different stories than Ruth, due to the fact that he lived in a different time period, which makes his scenario different from Ruth’s. Both faced adversity, and stood up for themselves and defended themselves in many different ways just to make sure that they could survive in society. Ruth had always taught her children to be independent. She comes from an interesting background, she was starving of love and affection as a child. Ruth has experienced a lot of grief in her life due to all of these bad events that occurred. Even growing up, her father had treated her unfairly by taking advantage of her sexually. This was definitely not a right thing to do, Ruth’s father was an abusive man who had a sex addiction. He was found to have an affair with another woman even though Mameh knew about it the entire time. Due to her rough past when practicing Judaism, she decided to practice Catholicism after marrying Andrew Dennis McBride. She felt as if she was a freer person, she gained a personal connection to the religion which was good because it helped for her to get her mind off of things. James is a very confused boy, being black and white. He’s unsure where he fits in when it comes to society. A personal connection that I have to
James McBride can tell you firsthand about man verse racial identity. Journalizing his experience in his New York Times Bestseller novel the Color of Water simply outlined his struggles of finding who he was. His upbringing included a black father and a Jewish white mother. His background made it hard for him to understand why his home was different than others on the street. Although McBride experience shows an older outtake of racial identity, some may say this still is a problem today. Offspring feels the need to pick a race in society to succeed in the generation and it may be the step to understands them more. Notice in the subtitle of the book "A black Men tribute to his white mother" he label himself as just black as if there was a barrier between his mother and himself because the so different. Today we need to not let racial identity become a big part of our lives.
In the U.S there are several different methods used to categorize Americans. One of those methods is class. Class is defined as, the system of ordering a society in which people are divided into sets based on perceived social or economic status. Class matters because whatever class we are a part of affects the education we receive, Marriage, parenting and even the areas we get to live in.
Moving on to Abraham Lincoln, history books often gloss over his ideas and inner debates on the topic of race as well; if textbooks explored Lincoln's racism, then students would understand how "normal" throughout American history and his efforts to apply the America's democratic principles across the color line, students would see how idea can develop a person
For my cultural cache book report I chose to read the book, The Color of Water by James McBride. I learned several things about what life was like in the mid-1900’s and in which may be why we still face issues with racial differences. McBride does a great job of illustrating his internal and external challenges that he faces throughout his life. I also learned more about African American culture in the United States and gave me a desire to be a part of positive change to this particular racial group.
What identifies you? If it was not for one’s race, religion, gender, or atmosphere of their surroundings what would their identity be? To answer that one may need to know what identity means; identity is what make you as a person, the thing that may define a person like race, gender, and religion. Identity can be closely correlated with The Color of Water by characters always thriving to find his or her own identity. In the memoir The Color of Water by James McBride, the author has trouble finding his own identity and understanding his mother by trying to find his own race, how religion means different things in the world, and the behavior along with the atmosphere of their surroundings.
Coming from a diverse community to a predominantly all white community has been a slow transition. I’ve experienced situations where sometimes I question my identity and who I really am. I’ve experience microaggressions within my work environment and my internship at the Boys and Girls club in Mckinleyville. Kids are extraordinary, but are a mirror image of their parents or adult figures present in the household. You can see by the way kids talk to peers or adult figures, treat one another, that there’s an unfair thinking being embedded in their cognitive development. This will affect them in how they go about their day, who they chose to interact with, what they allow to happen and the type of
Children aren’t born knowing the differences between black and whites or any racial groups and gender differences as well. They are born innocent and empty of any knowledge about what’s happening in the world. However, as they grow up they develop their own identity as well as what is and isn’t acceptable by observing and learning from those around them. When watching the scene in the movie you could tell that the young child wasn’t comfortable with his father’s actions at first. Though, he seemed to believe it was ok because he watched not only his father, but his peers react in the same
My mother is Caucasian, my father is African American. I am a mix between the two. As I got older and was able to fully comprehend the world around me, I started to realize I was being treated differently when I was with my mom. Trips to the grocery store made it more personal. White people were quick to smile at me and were always very pleasant. Blacks would simply ignore my gestures. Things were the opposite when I was with my dad, White people would avoid eye contact, wouldn’t smile at me when I smiled at them. Black people were quicker to return my gestures. Completely different than when I was with my mother. As a young child, this was very confusing and hurtful.
The first step in my selection process was searching online for lists of books published by organizations, schools and blogs that featured racially diverse main characters. I used Amazon extensively once I had found titles of interest. Amazon provided me with the ISBN numbers to search as specifically as possible and offered similar title suggestions. I cross referenced the titles through the Halifax Public Libraries Discover Catalog to see if they were already owned. My goal was to select new titles so I was not building a collection that already existed somewhere else. I paid particular attention to books