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This story shows a depressing mother and son relationship in which the conflict is never resolved or even acknowledged This relationship is a symbol that describes the transition from what the south previously was the Old South with its values used to justify slavery and segregation to what the south seemed to be turning into the New South one thats striving for equality Mrs Chestney seems to represent the Old South and her son Julian the New South Mrs Chestney says that the world is a mess and how could we let it get that way when she talks about segregation Unintentionally she implicates her kind as the party responsible for the tension between Negroes and Whites She seems to be saying that she feels threatened because at one time they had a power over the Negroes and now it seems theyre losing control Blacks encroaching upon the power structure have forced her to either reconsider her behavior or prove it She is an old woman who seems to be reliant upon segregation and she will almost always choose the latter In her conversation with Julian she refers to a great-grandfather who was a slave owner the tragedy of half-whites and as proof for not riding integrated buses alone a large black passenger sitting adjacent to her reading a newspaper As hard as she tries she just has nothing of value to offer Julian Julian does not like his mother To him she is an embarrassment a burden even He has learned to identify racism and has learned to argue against it However when his mother is doing it the issue becomes wrapped around the hatred he feels for her Most likely when taking the issue into account he feels the most anger towards her for raising him as a racist and now despite an education that should make him see differently he finds that he remains racist Instead of addressing these problems he seeks
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