The Secret Life of Bees

What does Lily’s question and Rosaleen’s answer about the Civil Rights Act reveal about them?

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This reveals that Lily is naive about the way things are for black women and Rosaleen lives the injustice of bigotry regardless of the Civil Rights Act. When Lily mentions a black Virgin Mary staying in a hotel, Rosaleen explains,

 “Lily child, there ain’t gonna be any place that will take a colored woman. I don’t care if she’s the Virgin Mary, nobody’s letting her stay if she’s colored” (60).