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Subject: Writing

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Avoiding the “Funk”: Colorism and Its Effects on Women in The Blacker the Berry and The Bluest Eye

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Abstract: Intraracial prejudice—or colorism, as termed by Alice Walker in 1982 (Njeri 1)—is discrimination based on skin color within a race. Colorism, the preference of lighter skin and European features over darker skin and more ethnic features, has historically been important to the social processes and experiences of African Americans within the United States. Because African Americans have internalized these notions and thought them true, colorism becomes an important topic of discussion with black communities. Drawing on W. E. B. DuBois’s concept of double-consciousness, “this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others (Grewal 30),” novelists like Wallace Thurman and Toni Morrison illustrate colorism in The Blacker the Berry (1929) and The Bluest Eye (1970). In this essay, I examine both novels to unearth these colorist biases and expose their origin. I will strive to understand how colorism, as it relates to gender, affects self-esteem and self-worth in the stories of two African American women--one older, the other still a child--who suffer because of other people’s contempt for their dark skin. Others have continuously and mercilessly victimized both The Blacker the Berry’s Emma Lou Morgan and The Bluest Eye’s Pecola Breedlove because of their dark tones; they, in turn, have internalized these negative thoughts about themselves. Although they both struggle to loose the holds of colorism and self-contempt, ultimately they find peace in the most unexpected ways.

Subject: Literature

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What theme does the author develop about friendship in "Look Both Ways"?

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In "Look Both Ways" the author develops the theme that friends should always be there for each other. In the short story "Water Booger Bears", TJ supports Jasmine during her sickness by showing up to "crack some jokes" and "break some ice". This is one example of how Reynolds develops the theme that friends should always be there for each other.

Subject: English

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What theme does the author develop about friendship in "Look Both Ways"?

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Breanna H.
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In "Look Both Ways" the author develops the theme that friends should always be there for each other. In the short story "Water Booger Bears", TJ supports Jasmine during her sickness by showing up to "crack some jokes" and "break some ice". This is one example of how Reynolds develops the theme that friends should always be there for each other.

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