The argument for this piece is to illustrate the differences in treatment between white and non-white employees. The article discusses the salaries of teachers who teach white males and females and gives the comparison of the salaries of teachers whose classes are composed of “colored” students. The salary for the non-white classroom teachers is substantially lower than their white counterparts and the classification system is a single-class system for the non-white students. There is also relevant news given about the struggles different members of the black community face.

One example of a word which I found particularly interesting was in the section discussing the lynching of a white male who was “accused of making disloyal remarks.” The word “white” was put into parentheses to emphasize that individual was not a black man because in the next paragraph, no such remark regarding the individual’s race is mentioned. I believe this is to illustrate there are others who are being put to death and not only those in the black community. The language regarding race seems to be much more matter-of-fact when compared to the language regarding gender in The New Freewoman.


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3 thoughts on “GHETTO

  1. Great analysis, Thomas. To expand on your quote, “accused of making disloyal remarks”, I actually focused on “disloyal”. Regarding this in the passage astounded me as disloyal felt like an extremely powerful word choice made by the author. It appears as though races were owed some sort of loyalty to each other. Simply by being the same skin color, you were automatically grouped in with others. Now I know this was obviously the case back then. But when I think about the racism not even decades ago, loyalty didn’t really stand out to me. The usage of the word loyal, or rather disloyal, really felt like it connected the entire piece.

    • Just like Thomas and Albert, I found myself focusing on the word “disloyal”. While reading, I felt like the author selected this word carefully to emphasize the segregation between races. Disloyalty isn’t a word I would have thought to use when describing this time, but the author uses it to get a point across and as Albert stated, it really brings the piece together.

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