I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
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The Black female is assaulted in her tender years by all those common forces of nature at the same time that she is caught in the tripartite crossfire of masculine prejudice, white illogical hate and Black lack of power.
The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerence. (34.46)
Which is the tougher obstacle for Maya: racism or sexism? How would her life have been different if she'd been a black man? Or a white woman?