why does ruth fall in love with a black man in chaper 11 of the color of water
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Ruth was a rebellious girl who hated her father, and since her father hated blacks - and especially black men - it made sense for her to fall in love with a black man. In those days, she explains, interracial relationships were intensely dangerous, as black men were hanged in the South for even looking at a white woman. Ruth longed for romance, but no one ever asked her on a date until, one day, a young black man began visiting the store and asking her how she was doing. She had always liked the black people in the town because they never judged her. This young man, Peter, was tall and handsome, and he soon became her boyfriend. One day, he flat-out asked Ruth if she would go for a walk. She said yes: "I was naÃ¯ve and young and before you know it I fell in love with him."