The Color of Water

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Chloe Hoses
Reader Response
The Color of Water
Reader Response
For my reader response, I will base it off of the book “The color of water” from pages 1-85. In the first three chapters you learn a fair amount about main charter. The details you learn in these chapters don’t tell you about the main charter James himself but his mother Ruth. Some details about Ruth are that she was born on April 1, 1921, white, Polish Orthodox Jew and was married two times. The first marriage she was married to a man named Andrew Dennis McBride and the second time to a man named Hunter Jordan whom was the father to four of the twelve African-American children. However, both of them pass away. At the end of chapter three and to chapter six the author James Mc Bride really expresses James’s bewilderment about the idea of race and what color James is “White” or “Black”. From James brothers he soon gains knowledge of the fact that he is black. However, once James learns his race he acknowledges the fact that he is black. He is even so proud he shows this happiness through actions “While we whistled and cheered, raising our fists and yelling, “Black power!” ” (James 26) However, when thinks about the meaning of “Black Power” and the “Black Panthers” he soon starts to fear the idea “But there was a part of me that feared black power very deeply for the obvious reason. I thought black power would be the end of my mother.” (James 26) At the end of chapter four it is evident to James how the idea of having a white mother with black children is viewed negative an example of this is on page 31 “” I remember two black women pointing at us, saying, “Look at that white bitch,” and a white man screaming at Mommy somewhere in Manhattan, calling her a “nigger lover.” ” (James 31). In chapter five the meaning of the title is found "What color is God's spirit?" "It doesn't have a color,” she said. “God is the color of water. Water doesn’t have a...
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