Diary entry: The Gold Cadillac

Our language teacher Pilar Pando made us do a diary entry of the story The Gold Cadillac.

Dear diary,
Today my husband came home with a luxurious Gold Cadillac. I really could not believe it. I was really hoping for moving into a good neighborhood for my daughters, so I thought it was a really selfish thing to do. He had to understand that I was against that decision, so I did not get into the car, and I did not let my kids either.

Until one day, that my crazy husband thought it was a good idea to go into a really dangerous trip that could make us get killed. For that reason, when i got into the car I was tired, worried and really angry all at the same time!
Eventually, I was right. They took my husband to the police station for 3 hours. I love him but he has to understand how this world is ruled, white people do not like us in fancy cars, as stupid as it sounds.

Timeline 1950s and 1960s

In our language class, Pilar gave as a task which consisted in looking up information about the racism and the discrimination towards black people during the 1950s and the 1960s. Afterwards we had to make a timeline in groups. I did mine with Lola Argento and Juana Perez Muniz.

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The Gold Cadillac, Mildred DeLois Taylor

In language we had to make a biography of the author of Gold Cadillac.

Mildred DeLouis Taylor received the  Newbery Medal for Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, one in a series of books in which Taylor tells about a close-knit African-American family that survives the Southern racist society. Taylor’s made young-adult novels with protest to defend them as necessary by telling the ugly  history of racism. She won numerous awards. In 1997 Taylor was recognized in with the ALAN Award for her contribution to young adult literature.

The Gold Cadillac group activity

With our language teacher me made a group activity. I made it with Lucas and Lola.

 

  1. The story “The Gold Cadillac”, written by Mildred D. Taylor, tackles the theme of racism around the 1950s. The story is told by a little girl named Lois, who is part of a family of black people living in the northern United States. Her father one day bought a Gold Cadillac, and this car puts the family in danger when they decide to go on a trip to visit their relatives in the south. During the trip, the narrator feels very scared, to the point where one night she falls asleep grabbing a knife. This traumatizing experience makes the dad realize that his family is far more important than an expensive car, so in the end he sells it.
  2. We realize the narrator is a child since when the story begins there is a sentence that says: “My sister and I were playing”. By reading this we can see that the narrator is a child playing with her sister, since it’s very unlikely that two grown ups were playing and running.
  3. “Get your mother!” “And tell her to hurry!” “Wilma and I ran off” By these quotes we can see how the father was really eager to show the mother the new car, and how the two little girls are super excited and running to tell everyone.
  4. Everyone stopped laughing since the trip the father had suggested was very dangerous and risky. It was a very serious topic, that ended with all the happiness and laughter that the news about the car had brought.
  5. This phrase suggests that by taking the car the father is putting himself in a lot of risk. He could be attacked, beaten, even lynched at any moment. The decision the father was making was dumb and careless, since he was putting his life at stake.
  6. It’s very dangerous since at that time the rural south was an extremely racist area, where groups such as the KKK acted. If he drove the car there he could be attacked at any moment; he could be beaten, lynched, burned alive, killed and nobody would do anything about it.
  7. The “folks” they are referring to are the white people, and they wouldn’t want to see a black man driving an expensive car since racist people considered black people to be inferior and didn’t even consider them to be human. Because of this, seeing a black man driving an expensive car would make them angrier since they didn’t believe that he would be “worthy” of driving it.
  8. From “The Gold Cadillac” we learn that in the 1950s black people were treated terribly. They were treated in an inhuman way, and weren’t considered to be at the same level as white people. All the terrible crimes hate groups committed against them weren’t stopped because the government was so corrupt that it “secretly” supported this acts.