southern life circa 1944
The Day That Eulene Tried to Commit Suicide
While I, Louie Crew Clay, narrate the story as if fiction, it actually is nonfiction and I have changed only the names. I wrote it to expose to myself as to any readers the arrogance racism taught me. Childhood is not all that “innocent” when the privileged teach our young to devalue and disrespect others. I hope that by my preserving the privileged little boy’s insensitivity, we will see what he saw but with our thinking caps on and our eyes wide open.
Southern life for an 8-year-old white boy and the family’s domestic servant in about 1944:
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- Thanks to Context South. 2.2 (1991): n.p. (10 pp.) for first publishing the text of this narrative. Thanks to the Ragdale Foundation (Evanston, IL) for the the residency during January 1988, during which I wrote this story.