“Mother said that for a long while after my grandmother’s sudden racial metamorphosis, Maud was consumed with thoughts related to its impact on her life and the lives of her parents. At first the teenaged Maud felt a mixture of confusion, anger, resentment, paranoia, and fear. She couldn’t understand why or how the words of an ignorant black ingrate, uttered on her family’s front porch, could instantly change her life and the world around her. It made no sense to her.
“The questions that perplexed Maud early on she was able to answer when she became aware of the pervasive nature of racism and the pain this evil inflicted upon Negroes. For the first time in her life, Maud’s senses became tuned to how colored people experienced daily life, the humiliations they suffered, and the real barriers they had to overcome just to exist. Listening to what colored people had to say about their lives, she realized that even her new powers of observation missed the mountains of degradation colored people had long endured.”
When White is Black is a 191 page paperback book, published by River’s Bend Press, Stillwater, Minnesota. U.S.A. It may be purchased at Amazon.com