7th March 1997
say “Sweat” is stereotypical is to deny the fact that this is the way things
were at one time.
For a person to acknowledge the way things were is to merely recall
their stories. In fact, they use it as a way of life. It serves as a learning
tool that proved how strong they were and how much suffering they had to endure.
When they are faced with problems they relate back to stories, just as this, to
find that strength once again.
Mrs. Hurston, being a African American herself, should have the right to
tell a story of her heritage without being persecuted. The fact that that is
embarrassment. It is just a fact of how things were. When relating a story
from a certain time period, it should be written in the dialect used at that
The people who find this story demeaning are obviously choosing to not
believe this is how things were. If you change the facts, you change the
would rather not admit to, but a mistake made should be noted and then changed
they have to set themselves apart from the “typical” white American. For example,
world with affirmative action. These things were obtained through the request
and demanding of African Americans so they could be equal Americans. Once these
things were obtained, they set out to make themselves as different as possible.
It is very understandable that they would want to differ from those who caused
them so much humiliation as a race. In fact, for them to want to run out and
act the same way would be hypocritical. The need for difference is not only
understandable, but expected.
Hurston portrays African Americans with the underdeveloped speech which
they had at that time. Not only does she portray their speech habits, but also
tells of their daily life experiences. The main character should be a model for
was willing to do what it took to survive. She had a hard life but dealt with
it believing that all who did wrong would reap what they had sewed.
The African Americans today should take notice and not be too proud to
admit the things they wish to forget.