The civil rights movement has been moving forward for decades and there are numerous academic articles addressing and educating the public of their cause. A student survey “Black Consciousness” by Henry A. Banks reveals that blacks have the same prejudices and negative attitudes towards blacks that the white majority have. The study further reveals that black culture following the publication of “Sonny’s Blues” felt that capitalism as an economic system, is an enemy of the black race. Both of these con...
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...arlem at the lunch counters in Blttomstein 's department stores and Thomford 's Pharmacy. The owners of two Harlem restaurants called Frank 's and Child 's also did not serve African Americans” (Opie 82). Not only did white America control the social business but they owned the institutions of education responsible for teaching black children. A student study in black consciousness suggests with an eighty-percent acceptability rate “Our community should have the right to run its schools” (Banks 47). Mr. Banks study further reveled what Baldwin appears to be communicating through Sonny and his brother’s account of the hardships that plague Harlem that “Capitalism, as an economic system, is an enemy of my race” (Banks47). By labeling Sonny as an outcast Baldwin reflects the subjugation of his race within his story and is reflective to the economic conditions of Harlem.
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