First-generation college student Rachel Roseman has found the American educational and cultural systems to privilege the white, upper to middle classes. As Toni Morrison demonstrates in The Bluest Eye, those who do not fit this mold often lack educational support and have to learn how to navigate cultural systems on their own. Unlike the character of Pecola, who features in the following essay, Roseman had a strong community and family who supported her decision to attend college and, as a result, achieved success.
"hereisthefamilymotherfatherdickandjane: An Analysis of Parenting and the Dick and Jane Readers in Morrison’s The Bluest Eye,"
First-Gen Voices: Creative and Critical Narratives on the First-Generation College Experience:
1, Article 16.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/fgv/vol5/iss1/16
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