Coming of Age in Mississippi

How does the young Moody understand blackness and whiteness ?

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From an early age Moody sees being black as having to be silent, voiceless in a society that treats them as subhuman. She sees whiteness as being in a position of societal power. Good examples of this are in the way that Mrs. Taylor acts toward others, and conversely when Emmet Till is murdered the victimization component of being black is solidified in her young mind. These are some key factors that lead her toward an organization like the NAACP.