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The Color of Water
Transcript of The Color of Water
By: Hannah Williamson
"What color is God's spirit?"
"It doesn't have a color, God is the color of water. Water has no color."
This quote is saying that God shows no discrimination between races and all of the colors of people's skin because he loves all of them. By saying this, it is saying that no one should be looked down on because of the color of their skin and that is shouldn't matter what race you are.
"Am I black or white?"
"You're a human being. Educate yourself or you'll be a nobody!"
"Will I be a black nobody or just a nobody?"
"If you're a nobody, it doesn't matter what color you are."
This quote by Ruth McBride is saying that education is very important. You should always strive for the best education no matter what color you are or else you will be a nobody.
"He was that kind of kid, absentminded, and very smart, and later in life he became a chemist. But to the cops, he was just another black perpetrator with a story, and he was arrested and jailed."
This quote about Richie shows how people discriminate others by the color of their skin. Even though he was innocent, the color of his skin automatically made him guilty. Wrongly accusing someone because of their race is another reason why we shouldn't judge based on appearance.
"They would kill a black man for looking at a white woman in the South in those days. They'd hang him. And the girl, they'd run her out of town. Who wants trouble like that?"
Ruth McBride is explaining her troubles as a Jewish girl falling in love with a black man...which was unheard of in her time. She is trying to say that love is more important than color and it should have no specific shape or form according to society.
"No way. I don't know where that's been done before, white and black marrying in Virginia. They will surely hang me."
Peter is telling Ruth that their difference in races will not allow for their relationship to move any further, even though she is pregnant with his child. This goes back to say that true love should not be torn apart because of a difference in race.
"Forget these whiteys. They're all rich. They got no problems."
This person is saying that white people have the easier life because they are rich. Don't judge people because of their race because all the money in the world can't buy happiness no matter what color you are.
"I was the eighth straight child she sent to college. The seven before me all graduated and most went on for higher degrees."
Despite their troubles of being judged for their appearance, they still managed to make it through college. By going for higher degrees, they proved that they were going to be somebody and make a difference in the world.
"Well...he just disliked black folks. And he cheated them. Sold 'em anything and everything and charged 'em as much as he could. If you owed him five dollars he'd make you pay back ten."
The old man is describing the author's grandfather, Old Man Shilsky, who was a Jewish rabbi and mistreated the blacks that shopped at his store. He couldn't look past the color of their skin and was not very well liked throughout the community.
"I found it odd and amazing when white people treated me that way, as if there were no barriers between us. It said a lot about this religion, Judaism, that some of its followers, old southern crackers who talked with southern twangs and wore straw hats, seemed to believe that its covenants went beyond the color of one's skin."
James is surprised at how people are acting towards him. He isn't used to such kindness and warm welcomes from strangers. Even though he stands out in the crowd, they still treat him as if he were their own.
"The few problems I had with black folks were nothing compared to the grief white folks dished out. With whites it was no question. You weren't accepted to be with a black man and that was that."
Ruth is comparing her experiences of being judged with her decision to marry and have children with a black man. Though she had mixed children, neither side was willing to accept it simply because she herself was white.