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appropriation of cultures

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Nicole Linden

on 2 December 2014

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Percival Everett
Percival was bown 1956 in Georgia. Soon after birth him and his family moved to Columbia, South Carolina where his family put a strong pressure for him to enter into the medical field. Instead, Everett attended University of Miami and earned his degree in Philosophy. He then went on to numerous university for creative writing programs. While at Brown University he wrote his first Novel "Suder". Writing on average, 1 new book every 18 months Everett's career took off not just with Novels, but also short stories which became was his main focus from 1986-1992. Many view him as an African American writer, but when asked in an interview if he was a "Black" writer his response was,
-2014 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) creative writing fellowship.
-2010 Believer Book Award for "I Am Not Sidney Poitier"
-2010 winner of the 29th Dos Passos Prize
-Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction (Erasure and I Am Not Sidney Poitier: A Novel)
-New American Writing Award

1. What was the point of Daniel singing the song and driving the truck around with a confederate flag?

2. What was the significant of the conversation between the husband and wife who owned the truck in their kitchen?

3.. Everett uses symbols to highlight the racism found in the community, by the end of the story how did the meaning of the symbols change?

Daniel is a very well off African American man in his 20's. After inheriting a large amount of money from his mother and aunt he is left without the need to work. Instead, he fills his days with reading and his nights playing jazz at a local college bar. One night while playing drunken college guys came up shouting for him to play Dixie. His next move shocked them and made them retreat from the bar. Daniel slowly began playing Dixie (which is seen as a racist song). In the days that followed Daniel decided to go buy a truck. Searching through the ads he found one in particular that he wanted. Arriving to pick it up the owners were put off that he was black and felt extremely uncomfortable due to the confederate flag on the rear-window. Insisting he wanted the flag, the owner delivered the truck. Initially, after purchasing the truck he encounter problems with some racist white southerners, but soon after the African American community had taken the Confederate flag and completely changed the meaning of it. The flag disappeared from the capitol and other known places where it previously flew.
appropriation of cultures
by: Percivla Everett

"I am a black writer the way you are a white professor or that man over
there is a fat banker. You might point me out as a black writer when trying to betray
me to the KKK or the Bush administration. If I get lost and you're trying to tell the
police what I look like, you will say, 'He's devastatingly handsome, tall and black.'
You might then add, 'Look for him in office supply or bookstores; he's a writer.'"
Irony- This story displays irony by the fact that Daniel takes symbols that are meant to be hurtful to him and parades around town with it on his trucks.
Symbolism- Both the song , "Dixie Land" and the confederate flag are symbols or racism that Daniel then degrades and eliminate the meaning of them in his own form of protesting.
Literary Devices
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