The porch nigger aspires to enter the house and become a house nigger so that he may better serve his master. He exhibits similar behavior (i.e. self hate, opportunism, etc… ) to his domiciled brethren, however lacks the refinement or education to ever be let in. For him it is quite a conundrum, as he is not in the field and cannot be in the house. He believes that he is better than those in the field and would like nothing better than the
stature to exert his power over them. However, due to his innate niggerisms (I.e niggerish behavior) at best he would be given a mundane duty like standing outside of the door to open and close it as the masters guests arrive. Being the docile soft headed negro that he is, he is proud to be on the porch. The fringe benefits he has over the cotton pickers are enough to satisfy him. Although he will never be granted entrance, he is out of the sun. From his vantage point he can dreamily gaze into the house, hum spirituals and pray for a miracle.