Explain the message Beloved presents about being white and black.

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This novel is above all else a very powerful and strident examination of race relations in the United States, particularly related to slavery and how whites treated blacks. However, although the novel is full of examples of how slavery literally dehumanised the slaves themselves, including the twisted logic of Sethe's infanticide when the only way she has of expressing her love for her children is by killing them, the novel equally argues that the whites, the perpetrators of slavery, are equally impacted negatively by slavery. Consider the following quote that comes at the beginning of Part II when Stamp Paid muses about how slavery impacts both whites and blacks:

White people believed that...

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