The African Child’s Identity
Elliott’s White Veneer demonstrates how sufficiently the veneer covers a dark surface, an African American child. In the 1930s African and white children were split into different schools. In this era white Americans discriminated against African Americans because they did not have the same skin color. For this reason, African Americans were mistreated and also misconceived. This primarily affected African American children because their education system was different from the white children. Negro schools had many restrictions such as the reading matter being restricted to the used and discarded volumes of the libraries of the white community (Johnson 268). Based on attention to this advertisement through the perspective of race, I observe that African American children were falsely depicted in the 1930’s because they lack a proper education system and they were not socially equal.
Education affected the child’s self-esteem and self-worth. According to Charles Johnson’s article, “Education of the Negro Child” about sixty-five percent of African American children are classified as retarded and the majority are retarded by more than one year (Johnson 266). These children had trouble developing self-esteem and self-worth because society around them sees them as uneducated and unintelligent. The concept of “veneer” means to cover something in order to improve its appearance. The advertisement implies that the African American children demonstrate excitement when one child veneers the other’s body. Throughthe sense of pathos, the children’s facial expressions and body language depicts vulnerability and livelihood. They are eager to attempt how the white veneer can cover over their dark skin. The children idolize to be white because they were dissatisfied with their own race due to improper education (Johnson 268). African American children’s lives were narrowly limited because the society limits their educational process.