Everything That Rises Must Converge
How we cite our quotes:
[I]n spite of all [the mother's] foolish views, [Julian] was free of prejudice and unafraid to face facts. (62)
Um, really? When Julian starts thinking about all the experiences he's had with black people, this seems a rather inaccurate statement. The real facts? He doesn't have any black friends, he isn't an active participant in the Civil Rights movement, and he seems to be a little afraid of black people, when it comes right down to it.
Instead, [Julian] approached the ultimate horror. He brought home a beautiful suspiciously Negroid woman. (75)
Where do we begin? Julian's wants to bring home a black woman just to shock his mother? Wait, no, not a black woman exactly, but a "suspiciously" black woman? Is this fictional sort-of-black woman going to get a name, or is she just going to be the equivalent of a shocking tattoo or taking up smoking—a way to get attention?
[Carver's mother] stood up and yanked the little boy off the seat as if she were snatching him from contagion. (91)
And you can't exactly blame her. Getting two groups of people together after hundreds of years of separation and oppression is no easy feat. But getting rid of animosity, rage, and fear is even harder.