November 19, 2002
Praying For Sheetrock
“People’s lives do not consist, on the whole, of politics and large ideals, but of
children and groceries and laundry and paychecks.”
This quote from the book Praying
is a quote that can be applied universally.
What Melissa Fay Greene is
trying to say is that people do not think globally, they think individually, or locally.
observing the way people live life, this quote holds true.
It is also apparent in the book
In the book Praying For Sheetrock
, citizens in McIntosh County, Georgia were
split in half racially.
However, the commissioners were all white and oppressed the “rich
and close-knit black community.”
A black man named Thurnell Alston rose to become
the commissioner of McIntosh County.
His struggle was assisted through the support of
the black community.
In time, though, the people that once supported Thurnell became
less interested in his cause.
His once supporting citizens were now only interested in the