- Feb 2017
olhing himself with as much refinement as his white col-leagues; his face betrayed that his father was a while man, yet he idenlilled deeply with people of African descent, l
Though black their skins as shades of night Their hearts are pure, their souls are white I can fully understand how this poem would help to win over the whites among her crowd, but it seems to be a bit like she is giving in to the idea that white is better than black. It comes off to me that she is stating they are not equals unless the souls reflect as white.
I believe my previous annotation is relevant here. I can understand the wish to fit in, but it almost seems counter productive in promoting the opposite race. In the following sentence he mentions styling his hair in African texture and I believe this is a good way to promote his race during his public speeches.