Let’s Just Say Hurston is Southern Black Girl Magic
Zora Neale Hurston’s Book, Dust Tracks On A Road is a testament to southern black girl magic. Hurston tells the story of her life growing up in a well-off, black, and southern township in Florida. In the book, readers can get a sense of how growing up in a place built for black people, by black people in 1891 shaped her views on race and how she saw herself. Zora is interesting because she never had to mold herself in response to a “white gaze” at a time where terms like “white gaze” may have gotten her killed.
I listened to this book on Audible and it was perfect. She is so southern and the language she uses is unapologetically so. This is incredible when you consider the book was first published in 1942. One of the things I have come to love about her is how she let herself enjoy the stages of her life. When Hurston was a child she held onto the whims of childhood, and as a young woman finding her way she did the same. That is harder to do today in the face of all the millennial millionaires who seem to have come out of the womb knowing exactly what they want and how to get it. We love these people, they gave us snap chat and facebook but it was refreshing to listen someone tell the story of life at her own pace and on her own terms.
Zora is my kind of girl and her experiences will leave you absolutely delighted! From her birth to being a grown woman in new york, I often found myself in laughter or examining my own racial and gender conscience.