Zukerman imagines Delphine as wanting to date “whites only”because of her experience with Dominique, a man from a “good family in Brazzaville,” (261). Zuckerman depicts her as thinking that it is not that she “is now prejudiced…[but] that she would not have so misjudged a man of her own race”(262). On the other hand, Zukerman describes Delphine as thinking of herself as “de facto dumb” in America because she “…will never understand these men, and the reason she will never understand these men is because she is not fluent”(275).
What do you see as the relationship or logical consistency or inconsistency between these similar descriptions of her inability to “read” non-French men (American men and Dominique who is the Republic of the Congo) and her making of a racial barrier in the latter case? What might this tell us about Delphine’s liberalism and/or Zukerman’s critique of it? Is this racialization related to/ consistent or inconsistent with Zuckerman’s earlier depiction of Delphine’s dealings with Tracy?