Study Guide

A Small Place Race

By Jamaica Kincaid

Race

Some people think that racism isn't a big deal these days, but they're as wrong as a ridiculously unprepared Miss Teen USA candidate. Just look at A Small Place, for example. The novel outlines the ways that racism has shaped the small island nation of Antigua, from the slave trade that funded its wealthiest citizens to the blatant discrimination faced by native Antiguans within the school system. Kincaid pulls no punches, but that's a good thing—her writing hits so hard and so well that you might as well call her Manny Pacquiao.

Questions About Race

  1. In what ways do Antiguans still feel racism to the present day? Give examples from the text.
  2. In your opinion, why do Antiguans not realize that the English are racist? Turn to the text to support your claim.
  3. How is racism coded into the social structure of Antigua?
  4. In what ways are race and class related in A Small Place?

Chew on This

A Small Place shows us how racist institutions associated with slavery still hinder Antigua to the present day.

In a cruel twist, Antiguan citizens are treated worse in their own country than foreigners simply because of their race.

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