Teaser Tuesday: Langston Hughes’ The Ways of White Folks

TEASER TUESDAYS is hosted by MizB at Should be Reading. The idea is to share a couple of “teaser” sentences from a random page in your current read. I’m currently reading The Ways of White Folks, short stories about racism in early 20th century America.  In Home, a young black man returns to his Missouri hometown after an extended stay in Europe where he studied violin and performed with famous orchestras.  In his hometown he is met with hostility and prejudice — a marked contrast to his appreciative audiences in Europe.  Here’s my teaser:

Why did you cry, Ma, when I went away with the minstrel show, playing coon songs through the South instead of hymns? What did you cry for, Ma, when I wrote you I had a job with a night-club jazz band on State Street in Chicago?

page 41, The Ways of White Folks, by Langston Hughes

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