Brownies Short Story

Words: 762
Pages: 4

Shrestha 1
Abhishek Shrestha
Professor Brelsford
September 26, 2016
Learning through realizations with high influence of race and stereotypes
Brownies is basically a lot more than the 4th grader troops of two, camping for four days and plotting to teach a lesson to each and every member in the Brownie Troop 909 which, had majority of the white girls. The short story mostly, emphasizes on major concerns such as religions, race and sympathy that we need to establish while we encounter anyone, specially the one with disabilities such as the girls from Troop 909. Stereotypes and racial indifference are learnt by the major characters; Arnetta and Octavia as illustrated in the story hence, it is impractical to overcome such beliefs
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She portrays her lack of participation with the white people. “When you lived in the south suburbs of Atlanta, it was easy to forget about whites. Whites were like those baby pigeons: real and existing, but rarely seen or thought about” (Packer 5). Even though, it is clear about the lack of involvement with the white people, Laurel’s and her friends hatred and jealousy towards them can still be seen. It shows what they felt towards the white people. They viewed them if they were from a different place, an alien perhaps. “Invaders, Arnetta would later call them - were instantly real and memorable, with their long, shampoo-commercial hair, straight as spaghetti from the box. This alone was reason for envy and hatred” (Packer 5). The girls (Arnetta, Octavia) assume that the white …show more content…
The writer does that by making Laurel as a the devil’s advocate. “They won’t ever be alone,’ I said. All the rest of the girls looked at me, for I usually keep quiet. If I spoke even a word, I could count on someone calling me a Snot” (Packer 13). This text implies that Laurel usually kept quiet in the group but she did react to some situations when Arnetta and Octavia had to be critical before doing anything stupid. This quote also tells the readers that whenever any ideas come up to overcome any racial behaviors, it is being held back by Arnetta or Octavia. Hence, it is clear that overcoming the indifference becomes tougher every time. For the readers, it would be fascinating to know what if Laurel and Daphne would be making most of the