“You trying ot trick me, nigger?”
Question: Isn’t Poke an African-American too? So why would he be calling Jerome a “nigger” if he was one too? Was Poke a bully or was he just very wary of people? I think that this time was a very hard time for African-American people and that they were wary of everyone because they had to look out for themselves. Maybe Poke was a bully but it is likely that the African-Americans used the word nigger as a joke to them selves. The author must have put this in there to show that the white people use of words for African-Americans had also affected the balck people. Also, how the black people became afraid to trust people because they thought that if they trusted the wrong person they may end up injured or worse, dead.