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While there were many themes in the book I think that the one that showed itself the most throughout the memoir was Racial Identity Throughout the memoir you find James McBride trying to find his place in the world He doesnt look white like his mother but hes not fully black either When James was young he would ask everyone questions trying to figure it out He asked his mother if she was white and she replied saying that she was light skin He asked his mother if he was black or white and she said he was a human being He even asked her what color God was and she replied with Hes the color of waterHe doesnt have any color James also struggled with his racial identity because he only every really got in touch with his black heritage He was surrounded by blacks all of his life and he never met any of his white half of his family except for his mother In the memoir you also find Jamess mother struggling with racial identity when she tells the story of her past She is white but because she was Jewish she didnt get to be around the other whites and as she became older she was ridiculed for being a white woman living in the black worldRacial Identity was the theme I connected to the most from the memoir I think this theme was the most interesting because I still struggle with it today Like James Im also multiracial When I was younger I would look at my white mother and ask her the same questions James asked his Am I white or black My mother used to tell me I was both and more Ive always felt that I didnt fit anywhere but after reading this book I realize that Ive had it easy compared to James and his family Having a mixed family in that time was more than
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