Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird

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"Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird"
Author Toni Cade Bambara
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Short story
Published in 1971
Publisher Toni Cade Bambara

"Blues Ain't No Mocking Bird" is a short story by Toni Cade Bambara written in 1971. It is told through the point of view of a young black girl in North America. Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird is about a family whose privacy is invaded by two white cameramen who are making a film for the county's food stamp program. In this story, the little girl is playing with her neighbors, Tyrone and Terry and cousin, Cathy at her grandmother’s house. Her grandmother is on the back porch spreading rum on the cakes she has made. Two white filmmakers, shooting a film ‘‘about food stamps’’ for the county, tree near their yard. The little girl’s grandmother asks them to leave but not listening to her request, they simply move farther away. When Granddaddy Cain returns from hunting a chicken hawk, he takes the camera from the men and smashes it. The white men swears and goes away. Cathy, the distant cousin of the little girl, displays a precocious ability to interpret other people’s actions and words as well as an interest in storytelling and writing. Granny shares a story with the children and Cathy which relates to her feeling about people filming without permission. To her, life is not to be publicized to everyone because they are not as "good" or wealthy as others.

The reader may notice the improper spelling such as 'mockin' instead of 'mocking' or 'nuthin' instead of 'nothing'. This is because the story is written in dialect, to give an element of truth to the story.