Reflection rarely seen across the surface of the lookin glass
Walking the street, wonderin who they be looking past
Looking gassed with them imported designer shades on
Very complex. Designer shades are the looking glass that has been donned by those selling themselves for riches. The “imported designer shades” represent corruption through riches and create an altered perception of reality. This image is especially compelling because shades will physically tint one’s vision, but this metaphor suggests that through this change brought on by the evils of riches (imported designer shades) one’s perception of reality is truly skewed and creates aloofness (implied by “wondering who they be looking past).
These lines could also allude to WEB Dubois' theory of Double Consciousness and the Veil. Blacks have the constant concern of envisioning who they are based off what whites would think about them. Little black girls such as Pecola can’t even walk into a story and buy candy without feeling judged or uncomfortable. Thus, a black person’s perspective of themselves can be easily skewed.
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