Know, O White Man, that it is because of thy kind, because of all white
men, that my man and I have no meat in our old age and sit without tobacco in the cold.
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.