Among other things he learned beche-de-mer English, with which he could talk with all white
men, and with all recruits who otherwise would have talked in a thousand different dialects.
In the process they also transform the public identity of Bigger, previously a symbol that all whites could read (the black "beast") into
This myth, which also posits all whites as benevolent, "is not only part foundation of our present lawlessness and loss of democratic ideals; it has, more than that, led the world to embrace and worship the color bar as social salvation and it is helping to range mankind in ranks of mutual hatred and contempt, at the summons of a cheap and false myth" (723).
In 1996, she told her audience at Kansas State University that all whites
are racists, whatever they believe about themselves: "If you want to see another racist, turn to the person on your right.
For example, clients may tell themselves: "All Whites
are oppressors;" All of my problems exist because I'm Black"; or "Blacks are inferior to Whites." Rational disputation through healthier logic and corrective self-talk (e.g., "My ethnicity is not the blame for all of my problems;" "I am proud of my ethnicity") can be effective techniques in helping clients combat maladaptive self-talk (Nystul, 1993).