By Ieisha Banks
“The road shot more curves at him one right after the other, so that he was going north and south as much as west, and he has to slow down to absorb the blind hooks and horseshoes coming at him. He knew he wasn’t the best driver in the world, hadn’t done that much of it really. And also he would have to brake to a crawl if he was going to make it. Before it hadn’t mattered much that this was a two-lane road with no reflector lights and no guardrails to catch him. Now it did” (212). —Isabel Wilkerson
In this week's reading, the migration focus on Robert Joseph Pershing Foster is especially presented in detail in comparison to the other narratives in the book. Foster’s migration trek seems to present elements of foreshadowing and heavy metaphors in relation to the subject of oppression and progression. The text states, “He had just come out of the desert in every sense of the word, and the details of his future were too much to think about right now. He drove north toward whatever awaited him” (216).
How, in brief, did Isabel Wilkerson’s references to deserts, forked roads, or never-ending darkness affect how you thought about Foster’s travels or migration in general?