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Quote #13

I just don’t understand, say Miss Eleanor Jane. All the other colored women I know love children. The way you feel is something unnatural.

I love children, say Sofia. But all the colored women that say they love yours is lying….Some colored people so scared of whitefolks they claim to love the cotton gin. (87.56-57)

Eleanor Jane and Sofia finally have the racial confrontation that’s been coming between them for a long time, not because Eleanor Jane is a horrible person but because she’s blind to the realities of racism that exist around her.

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