The Civil War was a fight against slavery in the mid to late 1800s. When the North won and abolished slavery, the South still had the mindset of slavery; they thought that black people or previous slaves were below them like they had always been. Different black people had different responses to this heinous behavior by the white Southerners. Some accepted the discriminatory treatment by the whites while others wanted vengeance for the belittling treatment as slaves. In the book The Marrow of Tradition, there are multiple black characters who exhibit different responses to the racism shown in different events throughout the novel.
By studying this fascinating character which , I think, represents all blacks of that time I discovered that the prejudice is one problem that we as a society have to become more aware of. We have to get past the cover, and open up the book and read it before we judge. If people would do this it would rid the cause to many major world problems. Works Cited: Ellison, Ralph. "Battle Royal."
Are You Kidding? Booker T. Washington’s Up From Slavery is an autobiography describing a man’s journey from slavery to prominence. Or is it? Mr. Washington’s complete assimilation into the white man’s world could be seen as an example of complete and total sycophancy, a lesson in sucking up. Booker T. Washington knew that in order to further the Tuskegee Institute, a school in the south, he would need the help of the very race and culture that had imprisoned him and his people.
He became hungry for knowledge. The hunger of knowledge helped Richard understand racism, he states “I knew that southern whites hated the idea of Negroes leaving to live in places where the racial atmosphere was different” (Wright 255). The hardship Richard was facing before was trying to understand why his people were any different from anyone else. Towards the end he has got a better understanding of it. In conclusion, in the novels Black Boy by Richard Wright and Bloods by Wallace Terry both share the common theme of having to deal with racism throughout the day and finding a way to get by.
In “The Fire Next Time,” James Baldwin uses two essays not only to examine racism during a time when the civil rights movement was just emerging, but also to present readers with the consequences America’s intolerance of the black population. During Baldwin’s lifetime, racial injustices plagued America, and, for blacks, equality was merely an idea, not a reality. Despite the racism, Baldwin sees that America still has a chance to right its wrongs by learning to love and accept those of different races. If blacks and whites learn to accept each other, Baldwin believes that America will become stronger as a nation. In the first part of the book, “My Dungeon Shook: Letter to my Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Emancipation,” Baldwin warns his nephew of the harsh reality he has been born into and will face throughout his life.
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.
Debunking the Southern Secret “Sincerely and earnestly hoping that this little book may do something toward throwing light on the American slave system, and hastening the glad day of deliverance to the millions of my brethren in bonds … relying upon the power of truth, love, and justice, for success in my … efforts and solemnly pledging myself anew to the sacred cause, I subscribe myself” (Douglass 76). With these words, Frederick Douglass (c. 1817-1895), an emancipated slave with no formal education, ends one of the greatest pieces of propaganda of the 19th century America: that slavery is good for the slave. He writes his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, as an abolitionist tool to shape his northern audience’s view of southern slaveholders. Through personal anecdotes, Douglass draws an accurate picture of slave life. Simultaneously, he chooses these events for how they will affect the northern audience’s opinion of southern slaveholders (Quarles ii).
Langston Hughes's stories deal conditions of befalling African Americans during one of our history’s most oppressed times and promoting the African American culture. As Jeff Westover explains in “Langston Hughes 1902-1967: Africa/America” in one detail, “America's political self-definitions provide the poet with the basis for challenging the status quo and demanding change from the government that supports it”. Hughes's stories speak of the African-Americans as being overlooked by a biased society. Hughes's poetry “attempts to draw attention to the catastrophic history of black people in Africa and the United States. Challenging racism and oppression by bringing to the foreground narratives of humiliation and violence against their people” according to Mothe Subhash in “Violation of Human Rights of the Negro's in the Poems of Langston Hughes”.
"The Negro Speaks of Rivers", one of Hughes most famous works, is basically a "history" of black society. In this poem, black society is, in a way, the speaker. The speaker has watched how slavery has taken its people out of a state of nature and placed them into "bondage." The poem is obviously addressed to the members of black society who seem to find some discontentment in the lifestyle they live in a "white man's world." However, there is an optimistic undertone in that the speaker does show how much African Americans have endured.
Haley gives the reader a feeling of inspiration and strength because Malcolm X died fighting for what he believed was right for blacks in America and human beings in general. The Autobiography of Malcolm X paints a picture of who Malcolm X was and what racism looked like from the 1920s to the 1960s in America. Alex Haley’s book shows what Malcolm X felt throughout his life. Even though Malcolm X did not have a good life he was still able to use his struggles to try to make things better for people in America. He discussed issues about racism, religion, and politics that were important and controversial during his lifetime.