This scene also troubles GWF Hegel’s "process of recognition" by showing how Hegel’s process is truncated for Black girls in relation to white supremacists. My interpretation of Hegel suggests that how we come to know one another is through seeing and being one another. But Mr. Yacobowski sees Pecola and truncates the process by refusing to fully see her personhood and humanness. Going further, this scene shows how young Black girls are trained, through this process, to understand themselves by how they are defined by the white, dehumanizing gaze.
This essay participates in conversations of Black social death and "the gaze" of whiteness.