Marshall’s My Sister’s Veil

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Marshall's My Sister's Veil

The book, My Sister's Veil, is a story of strength and struggle in which three courageous African-American women fight for their future. The book is a collection of the stories of these three women - Tina Douglas, Terri McDaniels and Toni Patterson - who despite making wrong choices in their lives learn from mistakes and rise above their circumstances. The author, K. C. Marshall, looks into the root of racism in the American society and discusses in an excellent writing style why the problems of self-hatred, self-destruction and self-medication are found in African-Americans.

In My Sister's Veil, Marshall tells how racism has managed to spread into American society. (Marshall 77-78) The presence of racism throughout the formation of American culture is quite apparent. The book raises the question that why does racism still exist in the society when there is a growing harmony between black and white people.

Racism in America is a problem of generations where racists raise their children in white supremacy groups and teach them their ways of hatred. The stories of the three black women in the book tell how racism makes the life of millions of people miserable. The reading of My Sister's Veil gives the impression that the notion that racism is over in America is a wishful idea. It talks about changes in the form and manifestation of racism and says negative stereotypes and harmful emotions towards African Americans still exit in the society. (Marshall 122-23)

According to book, the cognitive assumption and stereotypes of contemporary racism that includes myths of the dangerous black male, the black female's fondness for wellbeing and black inferiority continues to handicap African Americans. (Marshall 157-58) The stories of the three women give an impression that African Americans continue to face racism...