Why did the mother cry after explaining to her son why the hands of blacks are lighter than the rest of their bodies?
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What is the summary of the story of Hands of the Blacks?
"The Hands of the Blacks" is a short story by Luis Bernardo Honwana. The story follows the narrator as he asks different people to explain the reason why the hands of black people are lighter than the rest of their bodies. First he speaks to his teacher, who tells him that their hands are lighter because humans once crawled on the ground like four legged animals, leaving their palms unexposed to the light. Next, the narrator speaks to three religious men, Father Christiano, Señor Antunes, and Señor Frias, who provide him with different religious explanations. The narrator then says that he once read a book that explained the phenomenon as the outcome of slaves picking cotton in Virginia. Finally, the narrator speaks with his mother, who tells him that God created black people without lighter hands, but once he saw how they were mistreated by white people, he lightened their palms. The mother says that he did this to show that while black people looked different, their work for God was just as important and valuable. His mother cries and leaves him to reflect on her words.