Motifs of Black Culture

Motifs of Black Culture
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  • Motif: Black Culture / History By:Yvette Luna
  • This refers to the scene that he saw the relics of other cultures in the office of Mr. Emerson that symbolizes the wealth and power of whites to represent other cultures as opposed to the College museum.
  • "I recalled only a few cracked relics from slavery times: an iron pot,... leather whip" (181)
  • Dr.Bledsoe indicates that this shackle is a symbolism of our freedom but we are still not free from inequality.
  • "He reached for an old shackle from slavery which he proudly called " a symbol of our progress" (141)
  • Theme Statement: The black culture may be free from the shackles of slavery but are not free from the shackles of society that oppresses them to think a certain way .
  • " Of course you couldn't speak that way in the south , the white folks wouldn't like it "(164)
  • The continuation of the idea of the hidden agenda that they only show the whites what they want to see.
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