Coming of Age in Mississippi

by Anne Moody

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Anne Moody is an active player in the civil rights movement.  What are examples of why she looks down on authority even the leaders in the civil rights movement?

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For Anne, her characterization is one who detests the silencing of voices.  Anne feels that when authority silences voices or does not acknowledge them, a level of injustice is evident.  This is seen with her repulsion at society's reaction to the Emmett Till murder.  She has a deep disdain for White society's reaction that both caused it and excused it.  She also holds an equal dislike for the African- American portion of society that did not adequately demand for voice to be authenticated so that something like this would not happen.  It is this demand and insistence for voice that enables Anne to be a constant critic of all authority.  She recognizes that social issues like gender and class are just as essential as that of race.  Her dissent with other leaders in the Civil Rights Movement comes from this position.  Moody is insightful enough to not see the issue as an arbitrary "choice" whereby one has to choose between race or class or gender.  Rather, in order for voice and experience to be authenticated, there has to be a movement that embraces this narrative of experience.  In the end, I think that this is where her primary critique of authority and leadership is evident.

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