Why does Hurtson insist that one becomes colored? What happened on that day to make her colored?

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While growing up in all-black Eatonville, Hurston had the benefit of not thinking of her blackness as a burden or a point of ostracism. Of course, she knew that she was black, but it was the whites who came through town who differed:

During this period, white people differed from colored to me only in that they rode through town and never lived there. They liked to hear me "speak pieces" and sing and wanted to see me dance the parse-me-la, and gave me generously of their small silver for doing these things, which seemed strange to me for I wanted to do them so much that I needed bribing to stop, only they didn't know it.

There is a slight reference here to the way in which whites expected black people to amuse them, in exchange for pieces of silver. Hurston contrasts this with the colored people who gave her no dimes and "deplored the joyful tendencies" in her. Though they resented, it seems, her eagerness to cater to prejudices, they forgave her for not knowing better:

They deplored any...

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