One Crazy Summertakes place over one summer in Oakland. Delphine and her two little sisters are seeing their mom, Cecile, for the first time in years.
Cecile is not so nice at first. For example, Fern wants water and she tries to go to the kitchen to get some....
One Crazy Summer takes place over one summer in Oakland. Delphine and her two little sisters are seeing their mom, Cecile, for the first time in years.
Cecile is not so nice at first. For example, Fern wants water and she tries to go to the kitchen to get some. Cecile doesn’t want her in the kitchen and tells Fern to get water from the bathroom.
The next morning, it’s breakfast time. Cecile doesn’t cook her daughters breakfast, nor does she take them out to eat. Instead, she tells them,
If you girls want breakfast, go’n down to the People’s Center.
The girls go by themselves, even though they are somewhat scared. Delphine narrates,
We couldn’t believe our ears. Our crazy mother was sending us outside to find militant strangers if we wanted to eat.
Delphine and her sisters have some ideas about the Black Panthers. Their ideas are based on stereotypes that reduce the Black Panthers to mere violence.
When the girls arrive at the Center for breakfast, there is a long line. They’re surprised to find that it’s not only Black people waiting for a free breakfast. There’s two Mexicans, a small White boy, and, as Delphine says, “a boy who looked both Black and Chinese.”
The girls end up eating cold eggs, buttered toast, and some orange slices. It’s not the most delicious breakfast in the world. However, it’s “better than eating air sandwiches at Cecile’s.” It also helps show them that the Black Panthers are much more than just a simple militant group. In One Crazy Summer, breakfast seems to be more than breakfast. It’s a way for the girls to become more familiar with the ideals and values of the Black Panthers and their movement.