ENG 125 Introduction to Literature
Instructor: Sarah Ross
Forbidden Love and Racism
In the readings from this course one of my two favorite most memorable stories are the Welcome Table and the story Country Lovers. They are both about two black woman in the past dealing with racism and love. Both the stories touched me inside and made me rethink about all the things I take for granted that my ancestors did not have the privilege of experiencing and the things they had to endure. Racism can be subtle or overt and in your face. In these two stories they show both a subtle version of racism and an overt version of racism and the consequences erring that come from being racist.
The story the Welcome table starts off describing an old black lady dressed in her Sunday best staggering down the road to church which was about a half a mile away. She was looking angular and lean the color of poor gray Georgia earth, beaten by King Cotton. Her elbows were wrinkled and thick her skin looked ashen but durable like old pines. The people of the church only saw her age, the dotage, the missing buttons down the front of her mildewed black dress, saw her as a cook, chauffer, maid, mistress, and some even saw her having jungle orgies in a evil place, while others were reminded of riotous anarchists looting and raping in the streets (Clugston R. 2010). Some even saw the lady as desecrating there church with her presence. The reverend of the church even felt uncomfortable with her presence in his church he asked her did she know this wasn’t her church. Church is supposed to be a place we are welcome at no matter what color, age or financial status we have it doesn’t matter. The old was so focused on the thoughts inside her head she shunned off the ushers that asked her to leave weakly asking them to go away. The woman of the church had their husbands pick the old bootless gray haired lady that smelled of decay and...