Crumbs from the Table of Joy

Start: There you have it! “They white,”

Ernestine Crump

Crumbs from the Table of Joy

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Brooklyn, New York, 1950, fall.
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Monologue Context

In this monologue, appearing in the prologue of Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Ernestine is

Monologue Text

Start: There you have it! “They white,” with those two words he can dismiss our wants, our desires, even our simplest pleasures.

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End: Can hear the television in the Friedlanders’ apartment. We sit and listen to all the white laughter. Seems to us only white folks can laugh on Sundays.

For full, extended monologue see:
Nottage, Lynn, Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Dramatists Play Service, 1998, p. 9.




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