| Quote #10
Why can’t Tashi come to school? she [Olivia] asked me. When I told her the Olinka don’t believe in educating girls she said, quick as a flash, They’re like white people at home who don’t want colored people to learn. (62.10)
Olivia utters one of the most political statements of the book, recognizing that sexism and racism are similar forms of oppression.
| Quote #11
I think Africans are very much like white people back home, in that they think they are the center of the universe and that everything that is done is done for them. (65.2)
Nettie recognizes the vast cultural differences that separate her from Africans, even though they have the same color skin.
| Quote #12
Then she [Shug] tell me this old white man is the same God she used to see when she prayed. If you wait to find God in church, Celie, she say, that’s who is bound to show up, cause that’s where he live.
Shug points out that the reason Celie’s lost her faith in God is because she has the wrong idea about God: she believes that God is a white man and treats her just like white men do, like she’s trash, like she’s beneath him. Religion has always been racialized, Shug says, but that doesn’t make it right or true.