What does Deza tell Bud about the family sitting away from the rest of the group?    

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In Chapter 8, Bud and Bugs arrive at a Hooverville where they meet a group of people who graciously feed them. After the boys are done eating, they gather everyone's dirty dishes and clean them at the creek. Bud does the dishes with a girl named Deza Malone a little further up the creek from Bugs. After Bud kisses Deza and they finish doing the dishes, they begin to walk back to the main fire. On the walk back, they pass a family of white people sitting by a small fire. They notice that they have a sick baby and their clothes are in terrible condition. The family is so poor that they are eating dandelion soup. Bud asks Deza why they are sitting off alone. Deza says that they've been invited to sit at the main fire. Some people even offered them food and blankets, but the man said, "Thank you very much, but we're white people. We ain't in need of a handout." (Curtis 77) The man's refusal to accept help from African Americans displays his prejudiced beliefs. Despite being in the same pitiful situation as the other families, the white family declines help because they are racist.