A young black teacher in 1940s Louisiana counsels Jefferson, an innocent young black man sentenced to die:
"Do you know what a myth is, Jefferson? A myth is an old lie that people believe in. White people believe that they’re better than anyone else on earth – and that’s a myth. The last thing they ever want is to see a black man stand, and think, and show that common humanity that is in us all. It would destroy their myth. They would no longer have justification for having made us slaves and keeping us in the condition we are in."
From A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines.
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