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utter
used in Black Like Me

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utter stupidity
Definition
complete or total (used as an intensifier—typically when stressing how bad something is)
  • The local people remained utterly silent.
  • I had arrived in Atlanta feeling that the situation for the Negro in the South was utterly hopeless—due to the racists' powerful hold on the purse strings of whites and Negroes alike; and due to the lack of unanimity among Negroes.
  • I recall scenes picked at random: The look of growing concern and perhaps humiliation on photographer Don Rutledge's face as we moved from one scene to another—concern and humiliation to realize that these men, these scenes, these ideals were unknown to most Americans and utterly beyond the comprehension of the Southern racist.

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  • Their union is momentary escape from the swamp night, from utter hopelessness of its ever getting better for them.
  • I was imprisoned in the flesh of an utter stranger, an unsympathetic one with whom I felt no kinship.
  • The Negro's feeling of utter hopelessness is here replaced by a determined spirit of passive resistance.
  • In those days, the deepest despair hung over the lives of black people, a sense of utter hopelessness, for it seemed that no one in this country knew—or if they knew, couldn't care less—about this hopeless situation.

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