What is the purpose of paragraph 8 in "How It Feels to Be Colored Me"? What is the "dark ghost" to which she refers?
In "How it Feels to Be Colored Me," Hurston asserts that she has shed the negativity of racism and gone on to lead an empowered life. She says,
I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes. I do not mind at all.
In paragraph eight, she asserts that, unlike white people and many black people, she doesn't have to worry about her skin color. The "dark ghost" she refers to is the fear whites have that the black race might get close to them—"thrust . . . its leg against" them. Whites fear "the [black] leg" that might cross economic and social lines to threaten their wealth and power in society. As she says right after,
The game of keeping what one has is...
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