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depression. Odessa has been in an economical drought for quite some time due to the draining of all the oil and gas resources they had. Football was always a big part of the town, but with the depression football became something that the town really revolved around and lived for. The attitudes of Black and White Odessa is very confrontational. The town was just recently desegregated, so both the blacks and whites don't know how to act with the integration of schools and more public places. Even though the town is technically desegregated, they are still living with the mindset that the town is segregated, and whites are the superiority. This allows the people of Odessa to continue with the prejudice. Racism in the town seems to be the root of the peoples' attitudes. In the book, there is a main theme behind the role that blacks play versus the roles that whites play. Football is a main reason why these roles are being carried out and continued. Because football is such an important thing in the town, a lot of confrontation comes from the football field. From the beginning of the book, the reader learns about Boobie Miles. The Watermelon feed was basically where the new team is introduced to the town, and present a timeline of the team's football history. This really showed how much football meant to the town. Parents would bring their young kids out to this event because they thought they should be exposed to this environment at a young age. At the Watermelon feed Boobie is introduced as the new star player of the football team. The surprising part of this is that Boobie is a Black boy. Because of the recent desegregation, the town isn't used to or ready for a black person to be the person that they look up to and praise for the whole season. Football is a major part of their lives and for a black person to be at the center of this, there would surely be some confrontations. The coaches on the football team even treat Boobie bad. They don't play him during the games, and Boobie even considers quitting at one point. The coaches called him “just another 'dumb nigger' if he couldn’t carry
Let the nigger girl do it. Afraid of the niggers. Nigger ball. This view on the football field also parallels with the views in daily life. The word poured out in Odessa as easily as the torrents of rain that ran down the streets after and occasion storm. Cocky nigger. The whites held all the top positions in town. New Jersey nigger. This basically shows how they had no respect for him and only looked at him as an object to get football results. Blame it on t he niggers. you nigger. Talk nigger.” This quote perfectly explains how there is no respect or healthy interaction between the whites and the minority races. The best way to relay how prominent racism is in Odessa. Racism in Odessa is as big as football. Nigger lady. .’ Dumb ol' nigger. as common as a part of the vernacular as ‘ole boy’ or ‘bless his ittl biddy heart’ or ‘awl bidness’ or ‘I sure did enjoy visitin’ with you’ or ‘God dang. and the blacks were thought as worthless lazy individuals who would only make it in sports. when in reality the town is using football as an escape from their reality of a poor economic and social situation. The whites have the attitude that they are better than everyone in the town. Smart-aleck nigger. Run. and they do not want to associate with the minorities unless they can take an advantage of their skills. This is really sad because the town is so stuck on blaming the minorities and saying that they are dead weight for the town.the ball under his arm” (Bissinger 18). Bissinger says “Nigger.