Why does the Black community of Cincinnati keep their distance from 124?

The most obvious reason the Black community stays away from Sethe and her family is that they fear her. They remember the horrific incident when Sethe killed her daughter and they choose to stay away from 124. Although that’s true, there’s another reason they stay away. Shortly after Sethe arrived in Cincinnati, Baby Suggs hosted a gathering with an enormous feast that many guests felt was recklessly extravagant. Annoyed by what they took as a prideful display, many in the community lost some respect for Baby Suggs. Though the combination of fear and distaste keeps the community away, Sethe also isolates herself from others.