From Ways of Reading: An Anthology for Readers:
"Wideman says that his mother had a remarkable capacity for "[trying] on the other person's point of view." Wideman tries on another point of view himself, speaking to us in the voice of his brother Robby. As you reread this selection, note the passages spoken in Robby's voice and try to infer Robby's point of view from them.
If you look at the differences between John and Robby as evidenced by the ways they use language to understand and represent the world, what do you notice?"
Thomas J. O'Halloran.
School integration, Barnard School, Washington, D.C., 1955.
Gelatin silver print.
U.S. News & World Report Magazine Collection,
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division (202)
Learn more about the concepts of race and identity and their effect on the interpretation of events in "Our Time."
Suggested sources include
"It all started with Gar dying." Was Robby right about what had happened?
Read the Newsweek article and check the U.S. government webpage for research on National Institute on Minority and Health Disparities.