In this poem, lines 25-27 stuck out the most to me and created the most specific tone. Those lines are: “Yeah, it was awful what you guys/ did to us./ It’s real decent of you to apologize.” The author, Diane Burns, clearly is very upset with whoever keeps asking all the racist questions. When the author says, “It was awful what you guys/ did to us” (25-26), that truly shows how ticked off she is. Diane is very mad that people keep asking her all these questions about her race, and she is fed up with it. She proves it by expressing herself very well in this poem. When the author says, “It’s real decent of you to apologize” (27), she is being completely sarcastic. She knows the ignorant people asking her those questions like: what race she is, where she gets her high cheekbones from, or where to get Navajo rugs real cheap, that they don’t think they’re being rude or hurting her feelings at all. However, they really are. The author thinks the least they could do is apologize, but she knows they don’t even have enough manners to do that. That is why she said that comment sarcastically.
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