In "Coming of Age in Mississippi", how did Anne Moody view the blacks in Canton that refuse to register to vote? Was she being fair?

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Moody is disenchanted, disheartened, and just plain angry.  She has worked to fight against the intimidation of the voters, she has marched to Washington, D.C., to hear Dr. King, she has worked for years to make it possible for the black community to have a voice.  She has sacrificied much in her own life to give her fellow African-Americans a chance, and as she sees it, they have shunned her and disrespected her by refusing it.

Is she fair?  That is a more difficult question to answer.  While her bitterness is understandable, it can be considered myopic.  In her anger, she has failed to acknowledge the intimidation that has for years convinced these citizens not only that they will not be allowed to use their right to vote, but also that if they do, it will not exact change.  Moody has had some opportunities that they have not, and she has been more protected than many of them.  The fears and the despair that they have, the ones that prevent them from registering, seem justified after the Birmingham church murders.  Moody herself loses heart after this.  So is she fair to be angry?  Yes, she is, but Moody could perhaps be more empathetic to their situations.

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