Coming of Age in Mississippi

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In “,” Moody has expounded on theviolence that was faced by the black community in the south. She isparticularly interested in the issue of sexuality and how it relatedto violence. Throughout her life, Moody experiences traumatic andviolent scenes where numerous people were killed or injured by thewhites. The death of Emmitt Till, who was a young black boy, has beendescribed in the lens of sexuality (Moody 216). Till whistled at awhite lady, and as a result, he was murdered. In this scenario, thedeath is prescribed on sexuality since the boy was killed because ofwhistling to a female white. In other words, the killing of the boywould be said to be as a form of retaliation against his behaviortowards a woman.

In this book, the white males are considered as violent and are thetarget of the whites. The various black movements that are describedby Moody involve black males, and the violence that is associatedwith them is predicated on their sexuality. Some of the violentbeatings she received while participating in the black movements werebased on the fact that she was a female black woman (Moody 244). Itis essential to note that she was dragged by her hair while fightingfor the rights of the black people, but she was not killed.

In the 20 year period between 1944 and 1964, women were mistreated,and the struggle for freedom was a prerogative of men. Moody’smother was chased away by her husband who got married to anotherwoman. Men were held to high standards and females were used as toolsto bear children. White males were considered dominant and wise, anda black girl would not be allowed to date a white man. There weredifferent racial expectations for both men and women (Moody 298). Forinstance, African American women were not expected to participate inany form of activism as this was considered as closing the line.White males were also expected to succeed in their education and toavoid dating black girls.

While concluding, Moody has described what many people could havefeared to describe especially because it involved her life. There isno doubt that the black community suffered extensively due to theirrace. They were viewed as a weaker race in comparison to the whites.Moody’s explanations have offered insight into the violence thatwas prevalent in the black movements in the 1950s. Further, she hasdemonstrated how women were held in low regard over men.

Work Cited

Moody, Anne.&nbsp. New York:Bantam Dell, 2012. Print.