Chana says that her problems began as a child when she told her parents that she coveted a Barbie boombox; later, she questioned the hatred she heard whenever the word schvartze
Indeed, the Yiddish word originated from the German word for black, schwarz, and conjugates to schvartze
when referring to females or groups and schvartzer for males.
For example, she picks up acutely on fleeting references to Blacks in Goodbye, Columbus, like the moment in their first phone call when Brenda asks Neil if he is "dark" or the nugget about the "cutest little schvartze
when we docked at Barbados" in the pampered poolside chatter of Brenda's country club.
JUDITH: How many times have I told you if you insist on leaving your gate open it's an open invitation for any schvartze
on the street.
They carefully avoided driving through black parts of town, shook their heads at the mention of Black Power and privately used the Yiddish word schvartze