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What does Nanny mean when she says that black women are "de mule uh de world"?
Black women have to carry the burdens that no one else in society wants to carry.
Black women are treated like animals by black men.
Nanny has grown strong from carrying heavy objects and she doesn't want Janie to have to do the same thing.
Black women are stubborn, so mules are a good representation of their stubbornness.
Nanny wishes for Janie to live the life of a white woman.