I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
"Uncle Willie, why do they hate us so much?"
Uncle Willie muttered, "They don't really hate us. They don't know us. How can they hate us? They mostly scared." (25.11-12)
The Japanese were not whitefolks. Their eyes, language and customs belied the white skin and proved to their dark successors that since they didn't have to be feared, neither did they have to be considered. All this was decided unconsciously. (27.6)
The needs of a society determine its ethics, and in the Black American ghettos the hero is that man who is offered only the crumbs from his country's table but by ingenuity and courage is able to take for himself a Lucullan feast. (29.22)