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Achievement Has No Colour In The Queen Of Palmyra By Minrose Gwin

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“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite” -Nelson Mandela. In the novel The Queen of Palmyra by Minrose Gwin, racial discrimination is a prominent issue in the small town of Millwood, Mississippi. Florence Forrest is a young caucasian girl who witnesses the brutality of her time and the horrific acts of racism that plagued her community and her family. In a town overrun by white supremacists, Eva Johnson is a naive foreigner who is determined to make a living regardless of if she is welcome or not. Eva Johnson’s journey comes to an unfortunate end as Winburn ‘Win’ Forrest’s lack of morals and respect is ultimately the cause of her death. Through the Characters of Florence, Eva, and Win Forrest we are introduced to the cultural influences of their time and how racial discrimination plays a major role in shaping our morals.
Up until the mid 1960’s, racial discrimination and segregation was a serious problem in the southern United States, especially in the closeted towns of Mississippi. Though each state handled the ‘problem’ differently, the idea was simple- good white christian folk were, and always will be better than their African-American counterparts and should be separated as such. In the years preceding the civil rights movement in 1961, Americans were brought up on the idea of segregation: a theory that fueled discrimination and a blatant hate for citizens of African American descent- even if they were born in America. In 1961, John. F. Kennedy promised to end racial discrimination for good, putting the civil rights movement in full swing. This civil right movement empowered the segregated community to stand up for their rights as American Citizens. The uproar from the caucasian community was soon to follow, with a dramatic increase in Ku Klux Klan related deaths and beatings. In the years to come, more African American citizens found the strength to stand for themselves in the face of discrimination than ever before, amidst the strong social and cultural lacking of decent morality.
The corruption of young and innocent minds in the novel The Queen of Palmyra by Minrose Gwin is an ongoing issue in the life of Florence Forrest. Florence is put face-to-face with blatant discrimination in her hometown. The same town that helped to shape her morals through the course of her life. As a young girl, Florence comes face to face with the racism of her times as the townspeople blatantly disrespect the African-American community with ethnic slurs, and an overall sense of prejudice. After Florence has one of her first experiences with this racism, her mother pulls her aside and explains that “we say ‘Negroes’ in this house, that’s what they like to be called. Negroes. Never coloured, do you hear me young lady?” (Gwin 43). The...

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