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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings


by Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Chapter 27 Summary

  • With the war, Japanese people begin to disappear from San Francisco. They are replaced by black people drawn from the South to San Francisco looking for fame and fortune.
  • No one really pays attention to the Japanese displacement—the black community is too focused on the prejudice against themselves.
  • For the first time, Maya feels at home. The city is crazy and so is she—it's a match made in heaven.
  • At the same time, racism is growing in the city. White and black people from the South live together in the city, each with their own prejudices and loads of skepticism.
  • Time for another story. Maya tells us about a white woman who would not sit next to a black man on a bus even though he made space for her. The lady said that she refused to sit next to a draft dodger and that he should go to war like her son. 
  • You might want to look before you leap next time, lady. Turns out this guy is an injured veteran. He tells her, "'Then ask your son to look around for my arm, which I left over there.'" Aw, snap.

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