Money is a Must
While reading George Schuyler’s novel, “Black No More”, I focused a lot on the discussion of race and its effects on the socioeconomic status of people. However, as I read more and more, I began to count the number of times that money was mentioned. Throughout the novel, money is an enormously motivating power. Money drives the action of many people in the novel.
For example, Max Disher, after he transforms himself through Black No More, Inc. and becomes Matt Fisher, needs to find a way to make money. With his newly whitened skin, he could work nearly anywhere, but he chooses to work with a white supremacist movement! This shocked and repulsed me. I cannot fathom why someone who was once an African American would work with a white supremacist organization like the Knights of Nordica. I would think that he would be hesitant to even go near them, but no, Matt Fisher walks boldly into the organization and begins to exploit them.
Another time that money becomes significant in the novel is when Dr. Crookman, the founder of Black No More, Inc., and his business partners are discussing their profits. They have made more money than they ever thought possible and are even talking about lowering the price of the “operation” so that more African Americans can afford it. If more can afford it, then more can have the “operation”, and Black No More, Inc., will make even more money.
Schuyler’s jabs at exploitation and the importance of money in our society have made me think about the lengths that we would go to in order to obtain more money. How far are some people willing to go? How much is enough? Why do we always need to have more? Is money essential for happiness? I fear the answers to some of these questions.