” ‘No Melanctha, I ain’t no common nigger to do so, for I was raised by white folks. You know very well Melanctha that I’se always been engaged to them.’ “(Stein 49)
I am fascinated with the labeling between black and white communities in this book. Just in the first few pages, the text provides examples such as “negro world” and “negro sunshine”(47). It seems to continues as far as I’ve read with other examples such as “negro fashion”(53). For the sentence I quoted, it’s interesting to see that Rose Johnson validates her actions by claiming having been raised by “white folks”. The language lends itself to the idea of segregation by providing these crudely blunt labels.
Stein, Gertrude. Three Lives. New York: The Grafton Press, 2011. Print.