Thursday, November 29, 2012
Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
I think that the novel raises a lot of interesting questions, one in particular about whether it was wrong of the Ex-Colored Man to take advantage of the opportunities he got because of his fair skin. Did he owe it to the rest of his community to identify more strongly as a colored man and work to further their cause? It's understandable that he felt conflicted about his decisions, but in the grand scheme of things he made the best of his situation and built a family and gave his children opportunities they might not have had otherwise. The ideal situation would probably have been if he could have been active in both communities, but that would have been impossible. It speaks to his character that he felt guilty about the situation, but really I don't think he has a lot to be guilty about. It's more about being frustrated with the racism of the time period in general.