Category Archives: Chopin

Does the writer’s race matter when the narrative deals with issues of race? 

In  “Desiree’s baby”  short story her baby was born with dark skin and her husband said “ it means ” he answered lightly, “that the child is not white; it means that you are not white.”(3). Why did he blame her for the skin color of their baby ? only because she was a woman, so it was supposed to be her fault. I think he already knew that his mother was black, but he didn’t accept that fact. 

 For me the writer’s race does not matter at all nowadays. For me almost every minority group is experiencing any form of racial discriminacion in America. We can see that all the time in the news, newspaper or social media. We can see different kind of discriminacion against black, latinos, women, gays, etc, no only for their skin color also for their belief, language or even their accent. 

Last semester I read an article called  “ Accent bias: A Barrier to Black African-Born Nurses Seeking Managerial and Faculty positions in the United States” By Michigan University, the study shows the challenges that  immigrants face in America for their foreign accents. This study shows the discriminacion that many nurses have to face for not sounding American, so discriminacion is a huge problem right now. 

Chopin and Race

Does the writer’s race matter when the narrative deals with issues of race?

I do not think the race of the writer matters when the narrative deals with issues of race, because I believe that anyone can be a target of racism. Nowadays no one is exempt from racism or racial crimes. Racism against people of color is a thing of the past. An example of racism in the past can be found in Desiree’s baby short story. Desiree’s baby was born with dark skin, when Desiree’s husband Armand noticed that the baby had different color skin, he said to her “that child is not white; it means that you are not white” (Chopin 3). This racism thing caused Desiree’s marriage to fall apart. Desiree’s husband assumed that Desiree was not white, but it turned out that he was not white. He found a part of an old letter that Armand’s mother work to his father saying, “I thank the good God for having so arranged our lives that our dear Armand will never know that his mother, who adores him, belongs to the race that is cursed with the brand of slavery” (Chopin 5). In the 21 century I would like to say that there is not slavery and that interracial marriages a more common.

Chopin, Kate. “Desiree’s Baby.” Gothic Digital Series, 1893.