George Shuylers novel Black No More brings up a few topics that are still very prominent today. In the novel, Blacks want to be White. Fitting-in is the most prominent notion. Instead of striving to be unique, everyone wants to be the same. I feel that this is still a problem in society today. I remember how difficult my childhood, specifically middle school, was for me because of the aspect of “fitting in”. I had just moved from the city to a place I considered the middle of nowhere. My lifestyle was ‘all wrong’ and the other kids in my school made it known. I wanted so badly one of two things: 1. To move back to where I came from where I had friends that acted and treated me the same, or 2. To somehow start fitting in, and avoid the rumors and jokes that were aimed at me daily. The desperateness of fitting in throughout the novel connected with me because of this.
Then, a second connection in my life was with the end of the novel, where a baby is born black, but it ends up being okay cause darker skin was coming back into ‘style’. White Negros and Caucasians together made it difficult to tell each other a part, and they wanted to then stand out. (Sort of like The Sneeches, with the stars upon thars) Hypocrisy at its finest. Coming back to how it affected me, once in high school, I fortunately had made a name for myself and wasn’t in such a miserable state of being labeled a ‘city kid’. When choosing colleges came around, I was stunned. A majority of the kids who gave me a hard time about coming from the city were looking and wanting to go to colleges in cities bigger than what I had come from! Apparently their country way of living was no longer good enough for them. The whole thought of it still makes me want to shake my head. But, like I said before, the idea of ‘fitting in’ in the novel is still a huge problem in society today.