The Color Of Water By James Mcbride

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The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to his Mother The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to his White Mother written by James McBride is a miraculous memoir about James’ and his mother’s life. He describes in detail what it was like growing up in a household with a white mother, a black father, and eleven black siblings. Biracial marriages and families were not the norm and nor was it accepted by society during that time. James encountered many misfortunes growing up and was constantly trying to figure out who he was because his family was different than other families. He felt that the only way to find out who he was by probing into his mother 's past which she refused to discuss for long period of time. She finally threw in the towel, and apprised James with stories of her past life about her upbringing and Jewish family.
Racism and prejudice is present numerous of times throughout the novel. It was a brutal time where schools were segregated, racism ran high, and there was widespread discrimination against both the blacks and Jews. One example of racism and prejudice present in the novel is the fact that James was in search of his identity because his family consisted of black and white people which was not common during that time period. Families were typically made up of either all blacks or all whites not both. Most young children are unaware of the color of other people’s skin unless someone had pointed it out to them. However, James noticed…
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