In Giovanni's poem, the speaker describes growing up as a little black girl in the South, swinging on the porch, listening to her portable radio and drifting to far away places via the books Mrs. Long procured for her.
In this excerpt from his memoir, Rodriguez provides a stirring recollection from his adolescence: the first time he experienced racism as a result of being an immigrant in America. As he says, the experience "stays with [him] like a foul odor."
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