`` Battle Royal `` : Racial And Judgement Towards African American People

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In our world, there are people who judge mostly on everything or anyone. Living in a world which people judge on people’s appearance is an unfair judgment towards the person due to the fact of not knowing who that person is. That’s why segregation was a huge part in history during the pasting of the Civil Act of 1964. The definition of segregation is the enforced separation of different racial groups in a country, community, or establishment. During the segregation it was basically a battle between the white people and the black people. This battle made it where at the point blacks had their own school and the whites had their own school, so they wouldn’t have to be near each other during this time. The story “Battle Royal” is a story that can relate towards segregation. In the story “Battle Royal” it is based on racial and judgement towards African American people. The story sheds light on segregation by the last words of the grandfather, the dancer, the boxing the match, and the narrator’s speech. The grandfather in “Battle Royal” had lived an unfair life due to the fact that he lived as a slave most of his life. As he laid in his deathbed his final words were, “Son, after I’m gone I want you to keep up the good fight. Live with your head in the lion’s mouth. I want you to overcome’em with yeses, undermine’em with grins, agree’em to death and destruction, let’em swallow you till they vomit or bust wide open. Learn it to the young’uns” (268). The adults thought his last words were insane, but for the narrator they were motivational. Even though the narrator was still not understanding the meaning of what his grandfather was trying to say, when all was going great for him the advice of his grandfather would come to mind and make ... ... middle of paper ... ...peech, the man told him “we do mean to do right by you, but you’ve got to know your place at all times.” (276). The man making that statement made the narrator realize that he’s not the same as the white citizens because of the color of his skin. After giving his speech, he got an amazing applause from the audience even if they ignore him, but the narrator was given a gift while walking off the stage. The gift was a real leathered brief case with a scholarship to the state college for Negroes. In conclusion, the story “Battle Royal” gives us as the readers a picture on how segregation was in history time by giving situations on how blacks were treated. The author shows situations such as the grandfather’s last words, the dancer, the boxing match and the narrator’s speech to let us know what African Americans had to go through to get attention from the white citizens.

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