Quicksand

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  • I'm tired of living with the Negros. I disagree with the way that they choose to deal with racism. I don't feel as though I belong here, since I am mixed race. Therefore I am leaving Naxos, goodbye James.
  • Hi Uncle Peter! I've decided to quit my teaching job, move away from Naxos and separate myself from the Negros. I was wondering if I would be able to stay here in Chicago with you and your new wife.
  • Helga, I'm sorry but my wife and I don't feel comfortable having a person of mixed race living with us
  • These Negros are just like the ones back in Naxos. They constantly discuss racism and racial issues, but then they don't do anything about it; they're hypocritical.
  • Maybe I don't belong with the Negros. Maybe I should live with white people. I can't decide what my true identity is, where I fit in, or who I belong with.
  • I can't thank you guys enough for letting me stay with you here in Copenhagen. I've truly enjoyed the luxuries. Thanks once again for treating me so wonderfully. However, I'm beginning to miss living with the Negros, which is why I am going to return to Harlem.
  • I'm still not exactly sure of my true identity or which race I should associate myself with, and ending up back in Harlem with the Negros is the opposite of what I had imagined myself doing.
  • But I do know that I cannot imagine myself living my whole life without black people present, because they will always be a part of me.
  • The theme of Quicksand that is present in this storyboard is the search for one's identity and the struggle to fit in. Helga is mixed race and deals with a constant struggle of whether she should surround herself with blacks or whites.
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