To speak what many sees, but fails to speak “Tales of Simple – Coffee Break”, is a retelling of a conversation between an African-American called Simple and his white boss, during the coffee break they had the day before. Simple tells us and complains about how his boss kept asking him, ‘What does THE Negro wants”, instead of saying “Negroes” in plural. He complains about how the boss generalizes the Negroes, as if they are all the same identical person, with the same opinions and feelings.
Simple ells the boss that he is not able to answer his question, because he is unable to speak for the entire Negro race. “l am not THE Negro”, says. “l am me. ” The boss keeps pushing on, trying to understand, what “THE Negro” wants, by saying that some famous black people, like Martin Luther King, represent all of the Negro-race. The boss finds it difficult to understand what Simple is trying to tell him. The fact that no one could possibly represent him but himself. As he says, “l represent my own self. Simile’s use of language is say to understand, with simple words, very everyday-like. However, his English is not entirely “correct. ” For example, he uses “l says,” several times in the text, when the proper English would be “l said. ” His language show traces of his lack of education. (p. 1, 1. 18). This lack of education was common in the Negro society; in the post-war-years, this text was written. Even though we know how Simple complains about the boss’s choice of words (“THE Negro”), he uses the same term himself.
This together with the slang he uses gives IM a humorous character, with a sort of “urban humor. ” This humor makes, us as the readers like Simple, and understand him. “What more than integration does THE Negro wants? ‘ asks the boss. As a response, Simple tells him the story about “Little Cindy Ell’s dream” and her reality. What he is really says with this, is Simple main point of view. He is saying that when the white people judge, and generalize the Negroes, they put them in “jail. ” And it is this jail Simple wants to destroy.
However, this he Anton do, if the white people do not reintegrate. The boss quickly goes “defense-mode”, and argues that, Oh, I personally did not do anything wrong to the black, so I have no obligation to apologize now. He also argues that it is the blacks, who want to integrate. Not the other way around, only “Up to a point,” because there is no way the whites are going to move to Harlem. It is simply too dangerous. Again, Simple proves him wrong. (P. 2, L. 25). Nevertheless, this statement backs up Simile’s argument even more.
Because his is exactly where the problem lies. “That’s what THE Negro wants”, I said. “TO remove that point. ” He says that still not enough diversity exists. Implicit lies the fact that in order to integrate people in a society, you yourself have to reintegrate to delete the social gap between races. How can you expect immigrants to fully integrate, if you yourself does not make the same diversity? Simple becomes the voice of the “ghettos”, he speaks what everybody sees, but fails to speak, because of racist times they lived in, and many still live in.