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Harrison, James Baldwin, And Harrison's Race Prejudice II: Two

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From 1865 to today, historians, authors, and the people who fell into racism as its greatest captives, have spoken out against the mistreatment of African Americans. From writing books to newspaper articles, African Americans have been trying to be heard, and want people to listen and understand what they went through. A few of those authors are Hubert Harrison, James Baldwin, and Ta-Nehisi Coates, all African Americans authors that all seem to have a recurring point in their pieces, race is an excuse to control African Americans.

Hubert Harrison was a more aggressive, confrontational author, and his writing Race Prejudice II is probably the most contrasting of the three pieces, his whole purpose in his writing is to answer a claim that
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As he said in paragraph two, “Did the bad colored women assault the dear, good white Southerner? Or how must we account for our millions of mulattoes? Let us confess the naked truth that there is nothing innate in race prejudice.” He also makes the point that if Race Prejudice is innate, then why would you have to teach it to children by having separate schools and to teach it to adults by separate cars. But his main reason is that Race Prejudice is not innate is because capitalist profit from its existence and not only that but the reason race exist altogether. In paragraph five he brings up the reason to why they do such a thing.” They are interested in keeping the average wage as low as possible so they put the workers, white against black, to keep the lowest wage level as low as possible. To this end they must divide the workers, and they find race prejudice a very useful tool to do this with.” Harrison, like the others, tried to think of a way to end this unfair prejudice, the solutions he thought would solve the…show more content…
His purpose to write his letter was to explain the reality of being black to his nephew. Baldwin explains what happened to his grandfather, and how he was broken down long before he died. He explained that it was because he actually believed what the white people said about blacks, and it was the reason he died. Baldwin said to his nephew “You can only be destroyed by believing that you really are what the white world calls a nigger. I tell you this because I love you, and please don’t forget it.” Baldwin 's concerned tone and connection with his nephew in this piece sets the tone for the rest of the story, and to how he brings up what really happens to African Americans at that time by setting up the story with some background. Although Harrison gave background knowledge in his piece, Baldwin’s had personal background. He next explains why life was so hard for African Americans at the time. In paragraph two he makes mention of slavery and the history of it between the white man and African Americans, he says ”And I know, which is much worse, and this is the crime of which I accuse my country and my countrymen, and for which neither I nor time nor history will ever
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