This is the first 1,000 characters of 588 words (2.35 pages) in the essay titled Sweat
7th March 1997
It is easy to see why a person would find "Sweat" an offensive story.
Many who read this story will find that the style in which it is written to be
degrading to the African American race. However, this assumption has little
backing. Zora Hurston is clearly relaying a story that tells of her time. To
say "Sweat" is stereotypical is to deny the fact that this is the way things
were at one time.
For a person to acknowledge the way things were is to merely recall
history. Why should a race be ashamed of their history? They would better
their own values by taking this story for what it is worth. Not only does it
tell of their ancestors way of life, but it shows how things have changed for
If one could not write stories about their experiences in the past the
public would be unknowing of its culture and heritage. Hurston even used
reference to Jewish people ...
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