Black Boy (American Hunger) Review The “Black Boy” book by Richard Wright explains both the evident and dangerous effects of racial discrimination in the Southern United States during 1920s. By reading this book, readers can clearly learn about horrible ways African Americans were treated by whites, how only limited employment and educational opportunities were available for them and Christianity role played in black’s life. In chapter one, Richard learns to hate at the very early age when his father leaves family for another woman.
This book Native Son Mr. Wright was inspired with his own surrounding living in the South Side of Chicago in the 1930s and living into a very poor and despair place where Negros had no one to defend them or help them. Mr. Wright was mostly encouraged by one of the Chicago News Paper of how a young Negro murdered a white a white girl with a brick. He then made it possible to place himself to kill someone and let their destiny come true. This story was a very eye opening because as we speak there is injustice still happening today, there are many people suffering for a murdered they did not commit and most of these people might be black or any ethnicity or race being blamed for a crime.
Tragedy of Racism The United States of America is a very diverse country with the idea of freedom and liberty to all, but we can’t deny that racism has been and will continue to be a dilemma in this country, and this was demonstrated in James Baldwin’s essay “Notes of a Native Son”, “Citizen An American lyric” by Claudia Rankine and “Commentary: Donald Trump’s deep rooted racism” by Jennifer Rubin. Racism occurs when a person or a specific race feels that they are superior than others because of the color of their skin, religion, or beliefs. We may not know it or it may not be in the news but the truth it racism happens on a daily basis; people are oblivious of the idea that it still does and it will continue to exist whether we like it or
To conclude, the stereotypes that circulate in American society of young black men make it difficult for them to thrive and live peacefully in our society. These stereotypes cause issues in the business world, encounters with law enforcement and even everyday in the general public. It is unfair that young black men are only seen as statistics or stereotypes by the majority due to skin pigmentation. But as a whole, young black males suffer the consequences of the few imbeciles that play into these stereotypes. Though unfortunate and unfair but it is the duty of young black men to shift these negatives to positives. As well as, not play into these stereotypes and overcome.
As Bigger is trying to dispose of Mary’s body he questions if he should just run away. Bigger knows that “he could not. He must not. He had to burn this girl” (Wright 92). Bigger is aware that he has to get rid of Mary’s body for the same reason he had to kill her. Once Mrs. Dalton walked into Mary’s room, her white presence caused Bigger to act based on how society would react. Bigger knew that if he had been found in a room alone with a white girl he would be killed. From what Bigger knew about white society he would be killed if was caught in the room alone with Mary. He was put in a positon by society that left him no other option but to kill. Bigger knew that no matter the circumstances, the crime would fall on him because “he was black and had been alone in a room where a white girl had been killed; therefore he had killed her” (Wright 106). Whether his crime was accidental or not he knew that because of the image given to black people, especially black men, in the community that the blame would be put on him. In the room that night, both Bigger and Mary were only reacting in the way that society had expected them to. They were not individuals anymore, they represented the more powerful forces of the black and white society, acting as they had been told to. Bigger was unable to defend himself because society had already determined death as his
Due to the oppression at a social level, it forces Bigger to murder Mary Dalton when in her room that late night, “for he knows no white person would believe he was not trying to rape Mary.” “As Bigger tells Max, “They that… when folks say things like that about you, you whipped before you born.” “In this same conversation, Bigger’s sense of lifelong hopelessness is plain when he says, (Spotlight on Tragedy) “I don’t have to do nothing for ‘em to get me. The first white figure they point at me, I’m a goner, see?” (pg. 325
Due to the way Bigger views whites, his motivation for killing Mary is that it serves him a higher purpose. The fact that Mary is white, is mainly what triggers Bigger to feel shame and fear. You’ve got to remember, Bigger views whites people as a great big natural white force. Considering that Bigger killed Mary and gets away with it, gives him gives him a sense of pride because he can act one way while still doing what he pleases. He believes that killing Mary accounts for all things that the white force has done to him and that is his key to motivation.
When Bigger goes out of the house, we read what he is thinking: he is thinking of being a pilot or other high man, but then he understands that this is impossible, because he is a "Negro." When he meets his friends, he mentions that he killed many times, because he needed money. But when they decided to rob Blum's office, Bigger starts to tremble, because Blum is a white man, and difference between robbing white and black man is that when he robs black man - he is innocent, but when he robs white - he will be in a jail for many years. Life of a black man didn't mean anything. This was the worst thing those times.
The essay “Notes of a Native Son” takes place at a very volatile time in history. The story was written during a time of hate and discrimination toward African Americans in the United States. James Baldwin, the author of this work is African American himself. His writing, along with his thoughts and ideas were greatly influenced by the events happening at the time. At the beginning of the essay, Baldwin makes a point to mention that it was the summer of 1943 and that race riots were occurring in Detroit. The story itself takes place in Harlem, a predominantly black area experiencing much of the hatred and inequalities that many African-Americans were facing throughout the country. This marks the beginning of a long narrative section that Baldwin introduces his readers to before going into any analysis at all.
In a country full of inequities and discriminations, numerous books were written to depict our unjust societies. One of the many books is an autobiography by Richard Wright. In Black Boy, Wright shares these many life-changing experiences he faced, which include the discovery of racism at a young age, the fights he put up against discriminations and hunger, and finally his decision of moving Northward to a purported better society. Through these experiences which eventually led him to success, Wright tells his readers the cause and effect of racism, and hunger. In a way, the novel The Tortilla Curtain by T.C Boyle illustrates similar experiences. In this book, the lives of two wealthy American citizens and two illegal immigrants collided. Delaney and Kyra were whites living in a pleasurable home, with the constant worry that Mexicans would disturb their peaceful, gated community. Candido and America, on the other hand, came to America to seek job opportunities and a home but ended up camping at a canyon, struggling even for cheapest form of life. They were prevented from any kind of opportunities because they were Mexicans. The differences between the skin colors of these two couples created the hugest gap between the two races. Despite the difficulties American and Candido went through, they never reached success like Wright did. However, something which links these two illegal immigrants and this African American together is their determination to strive for food and a better future. For discouraged minorities struggling in a society plagued with racism, their will to escape poverty often becomes their only motivation to survive, but can also acts as the push they need toward success.