By calling attention to American racism, Ruth May connects the obscure and little known injustices our country perpetrated in Africa to prominent and well- known injustices our country perpetrated at home. By establishing a pattern of abuse, Kingsolver's indictment of the United States government becomes that much stronger. When viewed in connection to domestic racism, the U.S. machinations in the Congo cannot be dismissed as unfortunate slips in morality and good judgement. Far from unusual "slips," these actions, when viewed in the light of Jim Crow laws, can only be seen as the natural outgrowth of a callused attitude toward certain segments of the world population. In addition to strengthening the indictment against the United States, the invocation of domestic racism also further calls attention to our collective guilt as a nation.
Where Ruth May accidentally exposes a certain sort of moral blindness, Adah consciously exposes another by pointing out that the Congolese have their own codes of modesty. Nathan and the other Prices view the Congolese as shameless because the women do not cover their breasts; it never occurs to anyone but Adah that the Congolese might not lack modesty, but merely find different parts of the body worthy of it. The Congolese could easily call the Price women shameless for revealing their legs in public.