Alice Walker: She was the only Southerner who, black Southerner, who truly loved her blackness and her Southernness. The other people sometimes felt that it wasn't quite the right thing, that people should really be speaking standard English, and it upset them. Hurston just threw all caution to the winds and said, "Gee, I like these people. I like the way they sound, and if other people think that we're ignorant and backward because we sound this way, they obviously don't know our history, and why we sound this way. And I like the people themselves, so I'm going to present them in their complexity and completeness and their fullness and their richness and their contrariness." And that's what you get.