"that crime might be reduced by increasing economic well-being and expanding educational opportunity has been one of the most powerful social and political ideas in the post- World War II United States '(Lafree and Drass 614). During this time period education and economic growth is what each African American strived to be in the same categories as the whites but it was harder for them to be accepted or get the same opportunities as the white did.
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In the short story battle royal, the narrator is stuck between trying to figure out his own identify or to let
others define who he is. He explains through the story that he does not want to live like his grandfather did; who always had one eye open but he wants to prove to the others(the whites) that he is just as good as they are. he believes that if he gets on their good side he can prove to them that he is worthy of being considered different and not to be treated just as the rest of the African Americans or like his ancestors back in the late 1940 's. during the late 1940 's African Americans were rarely allowed to hold anything other than menial jobs...and most white Americans knew African American only as maids, gardeners and servants and African American s were completely outside the established power structure and rarely able to complain about or obtain justice for their many grievances.(ellison 1493)During the short story the n...
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...ord to them. They do not believe in social equality they see the world as they are higher and will always be better than any other race. They men will always be affected by the blindness of the society and will one day have to learn its up to them to make the change.
And at the end of the story the narrator then realized at that point the people were not there to listen to him and no matter how smart or talented you are if you are colored yours words will not mean anything to them and that you are not able to change another person mind. No matter how hard you want things to change. Social equality is something that may never happen in this time period and the blacks will just have to learn how to make the change without being blinded by the glamour’s lifestyle of the whites and start from the bottom and learn how to make their way to the top the hard way if necessary
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