Any time the BSC has dealt with social justice issues, a certain level of restraint is present. In this book, the issue (“Racism sucks.”) is presented through the club’s resident fashionista. Claudia has been singled out because of her wardrobe (acid-wash overwalls, anyone?) but never because of her race.Needless to say, she’s shocked by a client who refuses her services because of her “almond-shaped eyes.”
5. Keep Out, ClaudiaJessi, a character who is often characterized by her “cocoa-colored skin,” gets a door literally slammed in her face and simply rolls her eyes at the Connecticut-ness of it all. At one point, lily white Mary Anne takes the job and mentions Mallory’s sprawling family, the kid says, "She must be Catholic." Stoneybrook, meet Archie Bunker.