Their dispute almost turns into a full-on brawl and in the e end backfires on the colored girls as they cannot justify their reason for wanting t o beat up troop 909. The extremely unpleasant environment imposed on the African A American girls, from their parents and peers, causes them to act out inappropriately or with violence. The introverted, hesitant troop member, Daphne wrote a poem con renting her feelings towards the effects of racism stating, ”You are my father, the veteran, When you cry in the dark, it rains and rains and rains in my heart. The significance o Daphne poem was to symbolize the explicit effects of racism in a child’s life, through the actions of their parents, the constant disadvantage of being a minority, an d their impaired development of their emotional and social standings. Schmidt 2 Generally parents act as role models and transfer their views, good or bad, their children, who highly respect them. In the line of the poem, ”You are arm ether, the veteran” Daphne describes how her father fought the brutal war of racism d shaped him into a hero in her eyes.
Daphne holds her dad in high regard and respell s him for his scarring battles. Slavery and segregation of colored people is long in HTH sat but the effects still carry on. The negative ideals of Caucasians were passed DOI from generation to generation in the girls’ families, shown by the quote, ”Whites re… Rarely seen or thought about. ” The members of the brownie troop themselves disc to see harsh slavery or segregation in their lifetimes and barely the white race its( The girls Were taught to dislike the white race, by their parents, not by experience. Ugh this way of thinking is ironic, as it is the opposite of what their parents fought FCC ND is based purely off the theory of ”an eye for an eye”. At one point Laurel was ins about how her father used the Mennonites to paint the front porch exclusively of amusement, shown in the quote, ”it was the only time he would have a white man on hi: ones. ” This hatred from the parents impacted the girls’ views towards the white race out any personal experience. The respect for their fathers and grandfathers allow he girls to become directly affected by racism.
They even display traits of discriminate shown in the quote, ”Scrutinizing their movements to glean inspiration for battle. ” TTT scams that their parents experienced caused the girls to act out aggressively towards t Caucasian race because of the respect they felt they owed to their elders TTT fought the grueling war. Schmidt 3 Due to racism, the minority race is often at a disadvantage, whether it be in educational programs or the process of constantly being excluded. The term being in the dark” generally means unknowing or you have not been offered the inform nation you need.
The line in Daphne poem, ”when you cry in the dark” describes the to stables of lack of knowledge or experience that is presented while being a minority. T HCI girls were not taught how to handle problems or disputes through education, or moral aloes from heir parents and their first instinct is revenge, shown in the quote, ”We can’t et the get away with calling us naggers. ” They think physical fighting or verbal abuse is TTL e best answer to everything and struggle with expressing themselves in the correct way.
This disadvantage in moral education, due to racism, causes the girls to become v Lent and irrational in their decisions. They provoke sadness and discouragement thro ugh their words by calling others ”wet Chihuahuas” or ”Caucasian” which became insulin s merely for their drastically demeanor, which they purposefully looked for in the deictic nary to sound more educated. The spiteful act of looking through the dictionary for i cults proves that the girls crave attention and knowledge that they are not getting Cheshire because they are constantly overwhelmed with the disadvantages racism owes.
The African American race was continually excluded through history with slavery ND segregation. These laws were banned in 1 964 but their concepts continued o n shown through the quote, ”Why did we have to be stuck at a camp with retarded girl only two brownie troops mentioned at the camp was the single African Aimer can group and the Caucasian troop 909 which was revealed to be a special needs group The pacific reference of these two troops showed the disadvantage of how other people Schmidt 4 valued the colored girls.
This racism of only being allowed to go to camp with ”delayed learners” affected the girls’ mental esteem and self worth. The line of Daphne’ s poem, ”crying in the dark” demonstrates the disadvantages racism has imposed on t he girls’ lives that have caused them to become irrational in their decisions and think I sees of themselves as an individual. The effects of racism in the girls lives have constructed them into either being fierce and domineering or the exact opposite, of being extremely dismissive, owe n through the line of Daphne poem, ”it rains and rains and rains in my heart. Emotional development is a vital stage in a child’s life and racism has caused the African American girls’ emotional and social maturation to become impaired. The girls were in f Ruth grade and at such a young age they realized that they would always be disc imitated against or will hold resentment towards others shown through the quote, ’the ere was something mean in the world that I could not stop. ” This provoked some Oft e girls emotional standings to become hardened due to sadness and hatred.
They b came assistant to sympathy and instead of rising above to become better they would d push others down, shown through the quote, ”Oh shut up, Snot. ” Even though they were all friends, some of the girls felt the need to be in control over the others to boos t their own self esteem. This tactic was used as a preventative for constantly being upset or in distressed shown by the dismissive behavior of both Laurel and Daphne. Luau otherwise known as Snot, allows this malicious behavior to continue because she knows racism from a firsthand account and her emotional state has been BRB ken down too far to argue.
Daphne was often seen throughout the short story shrugging g her Schmidt 5 shoulders and agreeing with others to prevent conflict, presented in the quota e ”she began to pick up the trash all around. ” Her lack of social confidence was due I o her experience with racism that have had long term effects on her emotional dive element making her dismissive and having a quietness. The girls had a sense of corm tan discouragement looming over their heads from the racism that they have once mentored and depending on their personality caused them to either act out in spite or t come children that cannot stand up or defend themselves.
All of these actions, lath cough they differ, directly relate back to how racism has caused the girls’ emotional dive memento be impaired and their hearts forever damaged. Racism has affected millions of people throughout the course of history but t he pliable morals and personalities of children allow them to be affected in the l, rest degree. In the short story, ”Brownies”, Z. Z. Packer presents the hardships of r the young colored girls have already endured in their short lifetime, from rear zing a constant evil in the world, to struggling with their self worth, and even malefic behavior from whom they believe are their friends’,’African American’),