In the beginning of the story, the narrator’s grandfather says that the only way to make racism become extinct that African Americans should be overly nice to whites. The Exhorter named Ras had different beliefs of the blacks rising up to the whites and take power from the whites. Even though these thoughts come from the black community to take the freedom from the whites, the stories reveals that the are just as dangerous as the whites being racist. The narrator has such a hard time throughout the whole story exploring his identity. While doing so, it demonstrates how so many blacks are betraying their race because the have such a hard time dealing with it.
In fact, where Malcolm underestimated the goodness in whites, King seems to have overestimated it. He talks about his overestimating of goodness in "Letter from Birmingham Jail." "I guess I should have realized that few members of a race that has oppressed another race can understand...the deep groans and passionate yearnings of those that have been oppressed" (244).... ... middle of paper ... ... Malcolm X and Martin Luther King were fighting for the same cause, racism. Although their views on white Americans, which affected their methods of approach, were originally different, both activists came to realize that not all whites can be classified as good or bad. They began to see that, instead of discouraging whites from helping, they could use eager whites to create more of an impact within the white communities.
At these I smile, or am interested, or reduce the boiling to a simmer, as the occasion may require. To the real question, How does it feel to be a problem? I answer seldom a word. (DuBois, 37) All black people wanted was respect and human rights during their life, but the white people somehow had power over them and decided that they were a problem and wouldn’t give them any of those. The white people would make fun of the black people in front of their faces, telling them how another black person was beat up and how all the black people are a problem for the white people.
She also states, “Against this Christian tainted legacy, Malcolm X counterpoises Islam as “the true religion of the black man”. Islamic universalism proffered for him an alternative to U.S. citizenship, which had constantly failed to live up to its promises for African Americans” (Hartwell). Malcolm X had an understandable dislike of the system of white supremacy because it is a system that thrives from people being on the bottom who have higher percentages of taxes taken out paychecks even though they make far less than everyone else. The thing about white supremacy is that it affects in a negative way poor people of all colors, but black people suffer the most for obvious reasons. This was the message
With the establishment of the fifteenth amendment extending the vote to black men and not women friction was created between the two causes and greatly split them. “Douglass claimed that it was the “negro hour” and their rights had to be secured first.” ( Huggins, 121). Fredrick Douglass did not reach his ultimate goal of “ racial equality.” This is because society was not ready to accept and think of blacks as equals. Racism was deeply rooted within American society. America had always been a nation where white American men believed they were superior; they were pragmatic and highly invested in the ideology of “manifest destiny.” They wanted to limit any possibility of their power to be taken away.
Baldwin was given the opportunity to become an influential figure in the Nation of Islam movement, he rejected Elijah Muhammed's offer. He was totally against the belief that the movement held. Baldwin says, "love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and we know we cannot live within." (95) Whites cannot love because they fear "to be judged by those who are not white.". Because Blacks are stereotyped to be "uncivilized", whites have the "private fears to be projected onto the Negro."
The belief that all white people are untrustworthy, when based solely upon the actions of certain white people, is analogous to the notion that all blacks are evil due to the misdeeds of some blacks. It is illogical in my eyes to suspect a nation of treachery because of the actions of some. Topic Sentence 3 (Segregation and Racism) Malcom X thought that Black people should have sole control over Black communities, education, economics, social formation and politicians for the sake of strengthening those Black communities. He said: “integration will not work. It assumes that the two races, black and white, are equal and can be made to live as one.
In his speech, King questions why misery would “constantly haunt the negro? In some distant past, had the forebears done some tragic injury to the nation, and was the curse of punishment upon the black race?” (Paragraph 4). By the use of rhetorical questioning, King creates a vulnerable image for the blacks, because they were innocent victims of wrongdoing. They had done no harm to the whites, so why were they being so abused by them? When King questions and targets the whites, he is also using ethos to appeal to sympathy of the black race.
Frederickson’s title “The Black Imagine in the White Mind” leaves little doubt regarding which side of the argument the author takes on this subject. Within his essay, he stresses the point that racism under the doctrine of “white supremacy” had a vast influence on the failure of Reconstruction. This doctrine of white supremacy stated that white men were superior to colored men, although colored men were now freedmen. Frederickson contends that although the Civil War was over, racism within the south did not disappear overnight which lead to strong opposition from southerners to conform to the North’s pursuit of equality among all races. Southerners were extremely bitter with the fact that colored men would have civil rights equal to theirs.
The majority of blacks accept their inferior role because they viewed it as impossible to escape due to police and society structures. However, Richard Wright doesn’t share this subdued outlook, instead he exhibits frustration towards these people's actions and chooses to respond with defiance. The lesson of whites dominance is repeated throughout "Ethics of Living Jim Crow." This attitude creates a social atmosphere that forces blacks to choose how they react in each situation carefully. This white dominant theme appears when Wright is applying for a job at a mainly white company.