The social impact of white domination over blacks is clearly portrayed throughout Ethics of Living Jim Crow. More importantly, the negative attitude fostered a social atmosphere that forced the Blacks to choose how they react. The white dominant theme is reflected when Wright applied for a job at the optical com... ... middle of paper ... ...ough Jim Crow laws and how the Blacks responded passively. Through discrimination and racial violence, the Whites created a social situation that forced the Blacks to either accept their inferior role or defy it. Majority of the Blacks, including Wright’s mother, was submissive to the white man.
Richard’s grandmother was always excessively beating him. From the beginning, Richard would not subdue himself to the white man like the other black people around. The white people knew that he was different from other black men. Whites were scared because Richard challenged the system that they had created to insure white supremacy. They feared Richard, and some of the white people felt it necessary to act out their racist feelings in order to cover up their fear.
The narrator is not the only black male in the story to have experience the racism with the white men. The narrator tries to get away from the racism but struggles to, he come across multiple African Americans that attempt to do the same thing. All of these provide an idea to the correct way to be black in America and it also demonstrates how blacks should act. It is said that anyone who doesn’t follow these correct ways are betraying the race. 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.
Oppression caused by the white community results to the actions committed by the blacks, one like watching one of their own suffer at the hands of the former. They don’t retaliate to correct the wrongdoings that the white had transgressed, to making a stop to all the tyranny. Although a black man standing his ground can call for dreadful things, this domination over them will remain permanent until something or someone ceases it. However, instead of trying to work on that objective, they engage in conflicts with each other. As Wright is asked by two people to witness a trial of an acquaintance, he tells them, “You claim to be fighting oppression, but you spend more of your time fighting each other than in fighting your avowed enemies” (368).
In order for them to achieve this, the white southerners came up with the Jim Crow laws to prevent the African Americans from achieving their god given right of being free and equal. This did not end the African hope of becoming equal. After many years of mistreatment, African Americans knew that change in society was necessary. The members of the black population have been enslaved, beaten, abused, neglected and just taken advantage of, since the end of the civil war, even into present times, African Americans have struggled for equality and rights that white Americans often take for granted. Arguably, no post-war struggle was larger or more significant than the movement to eliminate the Jim Crow laws from existence in the South.
He said, black are frequently afraid of me as a white” In this case he felt like his voice was not being really heard because blacks would ignore by not answering their doors, agreeing to everything he said just so he can leave, and because whites were just known as oppressors in the south. This probably made him feel discourage but that do not stop him from adapting to the black culture and understanding them a lot more.
This creates my alienation from my world; making me live a life of oppression. You basically become a slave to your world. An example of how the black community is an oppressor to Richard is by the way that they ignore his questions about racial relations between the white men and blacks. This is a perfect example in how the oppressors have managed to oppress the black community, by making themselves be discouraged, and by killing any curiosity to try and overcome the oppression. Richard is discouraged by his own people, because they fear that in a sense, Richard could cause trouble for them if he where to understand what was going on.
When Malcolm X came on the scene he put fear into White people because they weren’t used to hearing the truth about race relations in America and many of them felt that things were just fine because they themselves were living life high on the hog while at the same time exploiting Blacks. Because this type of talk from a black person was new to them they misinterpreted his views as “hate speech” and accused him of trying to incite violence when he was simply trying wake his people up to properly deal with what was happening to them. When Malcolm x was known as Malcolm Little which was from his birth until during his time in prison went he converted to the Nation of Islam ( Malcolm X 154-172) he experienced traumatic events that laid the foundation in terms of how he came to view white people u... ... middle of paper ... ...ica. Anna Hartwell states, “Christianity occupies a central place in Malcolm’s account of white supremacy, in both its global and domestic incarnations” (Hartwell). She also states, “Against this Christian tainted legacy, Malcolm X counterpoises Islam as “the true religion of the black man”.
Society had affected the way he saw himself and the way he saw others. At that time, he was a motivated kid until his dreams were crushed because no one had faith in him to become someone important. The way that African Americans were treated by society made him hate whites. What he didn’t realize was that not all whites were a part of this and some wanted equality. He was directly influenced by those whites that treated African Americans like garbage.
He proves his tone when he tells African Americans to stay strong and to ignore the discrimination happening around them. The Great Migration influenced “White Houses” because it shows the displeasure and disappointment black felt after they found out that the North was not the paradise that they were searching for. It also shows how blacks were not as protected as whites were under the law. Claude McKay’s poem “White Houses” expresses the anger and frustration blacks felt about the North.