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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God


by Zora Neale Hurston

Their Eyes Were Watching God Race Quotes

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Quote #28

"Aw you know dem white mens wuzn’t gointuh do nothin’ tuh no woman dat look lak her." […]

"Yeah, de nigger women kin kill up all de mens dey wants tuh, but you bet’ not kill one uh dem. De white folks will sho hang yuh if yuh do."

"Well, you know whut dey say ‘uh white man and uh nigger woman is de freest thing on earth.’ Dey do as dey please." (19.178-181)

According to the black men who are speaking, white men and black women are held to a different standard than other subgroups. White men – by virtue of their being part of the dominant race and sex – can impose themselves on others and thus do whatever they want. Black women, on the other hand, enjoy neither the pleasure of being in the dominant race or sex, but by virtue of their weakness in both, seem to receive an inordinate amount of mercy from their oppressors. Do you think that the speakers in the above quote are right, or are they just bitter?

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