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Race Relations in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou The reasons recorded by the censors for banning I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings do not explain the widespread controversy around the publication. There is reason to believe that the question of the novel is in its poignant portrayal of race relations. This explains why the novel has been controversial in the South, where racial tension is worst, and in which the publication is partly set. Therefore, understanding the blatant and subtle effects of racism on the young Marguerite help explain the censorship controversy, along with the person she became. One of the first examples of race relations in the publication represents the strict dichotomy of opportunity for white and black kids. On the second page, Marguerite explains how she desired that she would wake up in a white world, with blond hair, blue eyes, and she would shudder in the nightmare of being black. Therefore, from the beginning of the publication, race relations were one of the major themes. Maya Angelou also shows the impact of oppression on the black men and women, which impact on her child. One early example occurred when the po' white trash children confronted Mama facing the store. They have been represented as clownish, dirty, and rather silly. On the flip side, Mama just stumbled like a rock and sang the Gospel. Her attractiveness of soul versus their disgusting antics creates a powerful scene concerning the essence of the oppressed and the oppressor. Marguerite, meanwhile, lies crouched behind the display in agony in the inability of her class to command respect simply because of their color. Afterward, as the scene progresses, she understands that despite the disparity of power between the po'white trash and M.. .