Cultural Issues: Race Behaving/becoming "black"

Description

This tag is used when a white character's appearance or behavior is associated with "blackness." Examples: when Jason Compson says in The Sound and the Fury that Miss Quentin's promiscuous behavior means she is "acting like a nigger" (181) or when Vardaman Bundren notes how his brother Cash's injured foot and his brother Jewel's burned back are turning black, "like a nigger's foot" or back (224). The trope isn't simply descriptive: it implies a loss of status, a threat to one's racial identity.

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Cultural Issues: RaceBehaving/becoming "black"
Themes and Motifs: ValuesPropriety
Relationships: FamilialBrother-sister