Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston)

"Honey, de white man is de ruler of everything as fur as Ah been able tuh find out. Maybe it’s some place way off in de ocean where de black man is in power, but we don’t know nothin’ but what we see. So de white man throw down de load and tell de nigger man tuh pick it up. He pick it up because he have to, but he don’t tote it. He hand it to his womenfolks. De nigger woman is de mule uh de world so fur as Ah can see."

"Honey, de white man is de ruler of everything as fur as Ah been able tuh find out. Maybe it’s some place way off in de ocean where de black man is in power, but we don’t know nothin’ but what we see. So de white man throw down de load and tell de nigger man tuh pick it up. He pick it up because he have to, but he don’t tote it. He hand it to his womenfolks. De nigger woman is de mule uh de world so fur as Ah can see."

U.S.A. / 1937

Many don't know that Hurston was an Anthropologist by trade. She studied at Columbia University. A lot of the aspects of TEWWG are influenced by the cultural research she did in Florida. I like this quote because it points to the conundrum of Black womanhood. In 1937, the comparison between Black women and mules was especially poignant of Hurston. I think this comparison ultimately still rings true today.

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