Stressing the mindset that color classified someone, Wright writes, "there were black churches and black preachers, there were black schools and black teachers; black groceries and black clerks" (Oates 161). The use of repetition is not only seen with the use of the words "white" and "black" but seen with the ideas of learning "my Jim Crow lessons" (Oates 166) and receiving "my Jim Crow education" (Oates 168). The repetitive idea of learning the Jim Crow laws and the Jim Crow education shows how crucial it was, in the time period, to understand one's place in society. The way Wright writes about his Jim Crow education such as understanding it "thoroughly" and broadening and deepening his education sounds as if it were a feat. Repetition is also seen when Wright describes the trees, lawns, and hedges as green. This recurring idea symbolizes how equality seemed untouchable and impossible at the time. Wright's purpose is to inform the reader and offer a different perspective about the inhumane Jim Crow laws. Showing a glimpse of his own experiences, he brings forth emotion from the reader and a perspective about racism and segregation that can be understood only by a select few. He accomplishes his purpose through the use of vivid imagery, repetition, and personal anecdotes.