Hello TTT Ladies,
I had the most interesting conversation with Dstinguishd”5″, I just want to highlight on this”moment” but not let it take away from the foundation of the novel “The Sweet Everlasting”
When I read the inside cover of the book,I did not think twice to consider if Ellis Burt was white, black, hispanic ect. I naturally assumed he was black man, because of the verbiage. I have never read a book where a white man has been presented in this manner, especially during the era the book was written in. In fact when I read the inside of the cover of “The Sweet Everlasting” I naturally assumed this is going to be a another book about another black man living in the south during the Jim Crow era so that for me was going to be tough to grasp the context of this book. I struggle to read this type of book because the black man’s struggle was so divisive.
Well Dstinguishd “5” said when she read the cover the she came to the conclusion that he was white. I of course assumed that Susan her family and were black. When I read about his mother drinking, I was confused because black women are always portrayed strong strengths of tower especially during that era and even now. I even thought it was strange that a black would poison his family and try to kill them. The black family during that time did manage to stay together for the most part.
I am thinking to myself and quite miffed, but give “kudos” to author he is cleaver.
I still was disappointed, I feel I am a critical reader so what gives?
We quizzed each other back and forth as we went through the book and pointed to each other the comments that supported our claim, how could you not know he was white? or why would that statement support your view he was black?
I did not realize until the middle of the book that he was white,- his family.
It really made me think, did I miss the meaning of the book because he was white? Did I read the book with prejudice, perception, and assumption. I even contemplated on going back and read the book from the beginning since I seem to missed an important fact. but why his race be important?
Is there a way that we read a book if the character is white, black, asian, hispanic ect.?
Well after some rest, I realize that it does not matter what color he was. The pain and hurt he felt was what any human being would feel under the same circumstances. My compassion for Ellis Burt did not change because he was a white man. I still feel like this book is awesome. It did not take away from the content of the book. I still would read it again and recommend highly it.
When I realized that Burt Ellis was white, I just said “Wow” where did that come from, in fact I just said ok so he is white and kept reading. It did make me think, because during that era white people struggled just as much as black people and for that I felt ashamed that I assumed it was only my race that face opposition during that era.
Do I need to apologize? no I don’t, I need to read and educate myself, but as along as I have compassion and love for all people of any color, and keep my mind open to other points of views. I am in a good place, I find that being totally honest with myself is always a “good thing”