The characters in the novel “Reaching Back” have an extreme case of denial. What is interesting is that they don’t consider themselves black in color or race. They just seem to exist in the parallels of their mind. There is more of a need to be validated by white people even though they will never be accepted by white people socially, but they get that “pat on the head” you are OK because you don’t have dark skin. This is the key to their self-esteem, because now they look at someone with dark skin and automatically feel better.
What is also amazing is that the book portrays everyone with “fair” skin that it almost looks “white” and they have this long flowing hair gray-blue eyes that they are so breath-taking and alluring nobody could take their eyes off them. This in my opinion is totally ridiculous. Everyone had the perfect shape, eyes, legs, but yet they were so unaware they so “exotic” I am so beautiful I didn’t realize I tripped over myself, but since I am just drop dead gorgeous my body is so delicate and soft it I don’t have to pick myself up it will do it on it’s own.