What does the metaphor in the final paragraph of Zora Neale Hurston's "How It Feels to Be Colored Me" suggest?

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In his best-known speech, Martin Luther King expressed the hope that his children would live to see a world in which they would "not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." Several decades earlier, Zora Neale Hurston made a similar point in her 1928 essay "How It Feels to Be Colored Me." The essay ends with an image of various differently-colored bags propped against a wall. Hurston says that the color of each bag is completely unrelated to its contents. Inside each bag is "a jumble of small things priceless and worthless." If you were to empty out all the bags in a single heap, it would be impossible to tell which contents had come from which bag.

Like Martin Luther King, Hurston is pointing out that the color of one's skin has nothing to do with the content of one's character. You cannot discern anything of value by observing the color of a person or a bag. There is a subsidiary point that all people, whatever their skin color, are "mixed bags",...

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