Hominy is an elderly man and extreme manifestation of the “Uncle Tom” figure (a reference to Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin). A former child actor and the last living member of the “Little Rascals,” Hominy has spent his life playing racist caricatures. As a result, he appears to have internalized racism to the point that he attempts to lynch himself; when the narrator saves his live, Hominy voluntarily enslaves himself to him. Hominy is not a very good worker, and the part of slavery he seems to like is simply the subservience itself. He is enthusiastic about the narrator’s plans to re-segregate Dickens. Although Hominy is an odd figure, he is beloved by the narrator, Marpessa, and other residents of Dickens. At the end of the novel, Hominy quits slavery and promises that he and the narrator will need to discuss reparations.
Hominy Jenkins Character Timeline in The Sellout
The timeline below shows where the character Hominy Jenkins appears in The Sellout. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
City Lites: An Interlude
...finding their “soul mate” use a matchmaking service called Sister City Global. Two days after Hominy’s birthday, a City Match Consultant from the company named Susan Silverman calls the narrator and... (full context)
...rains all summer, and the narrator frets over his crops and his plans for segregation. Hominy loves the idea of re-segregating the school, hoping that it will lead to reverse white... (full context)
...and suddenly he understands how to segregate the school. The narrator gets home to find Hominy standing protectively by the satsuma tree. Hominy discovered his love of satsumas while working on... (full context)
...make matters worse, the segregation project becomes difficult when he gets “segregation block.” He and Hominy are digging together and trying to come up with ideas. Hominy suggests concentration camps, but... (full context)
...admits that he secretly found re-segregating Dickens quite fun and “sort of empowering.” He and Hominy would go around town sticking up signs that read “COLORED ONLY.” Sometimes the narrator would... (full context)
...at the LA Festival of Forbidden Cinema and Unabashedly Racist Animation, watching old footage of Hominy. After the screening is over, the host announces that the last living Little Rascal is... (full context)
...calls “non-ironic blackface,” which earns them jeers from the surrounding crowd. Speaking into the microphone, Hominy says that they didn’t use to call it blackface, just “acting.” The crowd settles down,... (full context)
...two hours, but when the lights come up again everyone starts to feel guilty. After, Hominy sits in the lobby signing memorabilia. The narrator had forgotten how funny Hominy is, and... (full context)
...narrator sees a list of names of people who have checked out the ledger—including Foy’s. Hominy gets in the car and puts his arm around Butterfly’s shoulders. As they drive, Butterfly... (full context)
...shoots him, and the narrator finds himself lying on the ground, clutching his own blood. Hominy attacks Foy, screaming: “Give me back my Little Rascals movies, motherfucker!” He then cradles the... (full context)
...his next of kin, he replies that he has a girlfriend but that she’s married. Hominy then announces that “I is something closer than family.” The sheriff’s deputy remarks that Hominy... (full context)
...party. He arrives home to find everyone in his den, watching Little Rascals movies with Hominy. Foy was cleared of attempted murder on grounds of insanity, but the narrator won the... (full context)