The Color Of Water the effects of black panthers Essay

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The Color Of Water " the effects of black panthers on the life of black americans"


"Black Power", the word alone raises an abundance of controversial issues. Black power was
a civil rights movement led by the black panthers which addressed several issues including
segregation and racism. Black power had a different meaning to every member of the Mc
Bride family, Ruth and James both looked at black power from a different angle. In "The
Color of Water", The author James Mc Bride admired the black panthers at first, but slowly
he grew afraid of them after fearing the consequences his mother might face for being a
white woman in a black community influenced by black power. James' worries were baseless,
black power's motive was to educate and improve African American communities not to create
havoc or to harm members of the white community.


There was a time in James' life when he was thrilled to see member's of the black panther.
James' states "But our favorite was a gleaming black, souped-up GTO with the words "Black
Power" written in smooth white script across the hood and top"(26). James admired the
owner of that car, He wanted black culture to be carried out and he seemingly loved "dap",
the black panther's handshake. The media assured their viewers that the black panthers
were a threat to whites anywhere ,Which planted a seed of fear in James' mind. James was
so afraid that he wouldn't be able to sleep till his mother was home(33). James would
sometimes find himself in situations where people would call his mother names for no
apparent reason other than that she was different. James' fear for Ruth grew stronger
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