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KEEP AMERICA PURE WITH LIBERTY PAINTS - Invisible Man 196 “‘If It’s Optic White, it’s the Right White,’” he quoted with an upraised finger, like a preacher quoting holy writ ( Invisible Man 217). Theodore Roosevelt and the concept of “race suicide.” Noel Ignatiev, How the Irish Became White . Bad Mothers: WHAT IS YOUR MOTHER’S NAME? Mother , who was my mother? Mother, the one who screams when you suffer—but who? Who was it that screamed? Mother? But the scream came from the machine. A machine my mother? - Invisible Man , 240. WHO WAS YOUR MOTHER? -I don’t play the dozens. And how’s your old lady today? - Invisible Man 241 BOY, WHO WAS BRER RABBIT? -He was your mother’s back-door man. Invisible Man 242 And they asked me right at Christmas If my blackness, would it rub off? I said, ask your Mama.
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-Langston Hughes, quoted in Gates, The Signifying Monkey 44
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Vocabulary term: Signifyin(g) : This is a term used by Henry Louis Gates, and explained in his book The Signifying Monkey . He uses it to describe language games played by African American speakers
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