Writing on «The Gold Cadillac»

Writing task n2: Write a diary entry based on ‘The Gold Cadillac’ from mom’s point of view. Remember she is well aware of danger/segregation in the south. You should reflect Mom’s concerns.


Diary Entry:

Dear Diary,

I am very nervous and frustrated. I am having more tense situations with William than the usual. We are constantly disagreeing. The worst part of it, is that I’m the only one who is aware of the consequences that those problems caused. William does not get a thing.

To start with the issues, William drove our humble family near bankrupt as he spent our savings ìn a new Gold Cadillac. I just do not get it. We used to have a Mercury that worked perfectly good. It was not even a year old! Now our opportunity to live in a new and comfortable house is gone.

Yesterday, he told me he was going to Mississippi to visit his parents. Is he crazy? It would be more safety to put a loaded gun to his head than going to the South, where discrimination against black people remains. White people hate us due to the fact of just being coloured. If my husband goes to that racist area, he would be dead by the following day. Every two weeks, at least 5 Lynch’s took place. I can’t allow William going to the South in such an expensive car by his own. It’s too risky. If he goes, we are all going then, because the most important thing in life is to maintain our family together.  

Racism in the 1950s and in the 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 Victoria Landolfo.