A Black Man Talks Of Reaping By Countee Cullen

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Many individuals are often alienated from society. One of many causes can be racism. The alienation caused by racism can affect individuals and society. Due to their race, they were discriminated and led to racial inequality. This can all be depicted in “Incident” by Countee Cullen, “ A Black Man Talks of Reaping” by Arna Bontemps, and “We Wear the Mask” by Paul Laurence Dunbar. In “Incident”, a young African American is called a racial slur because of her physical appearance. Also, “A Black Man Talks of Reaping”, describes how a black man is discriminated and face racial inequality. Lastly, in “We Wear the Mask” shows how blacks had to hide their true identity because they were colored and did not fit in society. In all three text of Cullen, Bontemps, and Dunbar all show how racism can make an individual feel alienated. In the poem, “Incident” by Countee Cullen , he looks back at a moment of his life that he encounters racism. Racism causes individuals to become alienated. He was a young Baltimorean and sees a boy staring at him. He says, “ I was eight and very small, / And he was no whit bigger, / And so I smiled, but he poked out/ His tongue and called me, “Nigger”.” (Cullen 5-18)To explain, he uses imagery to show he was called a racial slur just because of his appearance. This is also important because this demonstrates how racism can start at a young age, “he was no whit bigger” than him when he was eight. This would make him and other African Americans feel

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