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The Color of Water A Black Mans Tribute to His White Mother The English language only has one word for love However there are multiple types of love with the strongest being the love you possess for your family This love is not a strong devotion lust for another or love of God instead it is the inborn feeling that all people hold for their family members The degree of love is the one and only measuring point of the strength of a family There is no better example of this than the McBrideJordan family in James McBrides memoir The Color of Water Every one of the children had a different skin color half of them had a different father and they were all interested in completely different things yet their family had a love that was beyond compare McBride thoroughly shows that a family can not be judged by color wealth or any other outside circumstance and that it is simply the degree of love that makes up a family The stereotypical American family is prosperous and suburban with the mother and father happily married and with two or three kids Yet this is exactly what the two main families in James McBrides autobiographical The Color of Water are not The McBridesJordans and the Shilskys are two extraordinarily unique families However the one element that binds the biracial Brooklyn-dwelling McBridesJordans and the Polish immigrant Jewish Shilskys together is James McBrides mother Ruth The characteristics and basic principles of these families differ in almost every way Each family model is held together by its own system of values relationships and unwritten rules A white family of five and a fatherless family of 12 mixed children with a white mother are presented at a contest all the contestant has to do is to select the better example of a true family to win the prize Which one would he select The contestant would almost certainly
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