Analysis Of Richard Wright 's ' Black Boy '

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Ethan Davis


14 October 2015

Race Relations Since 1945

The life one will lead is predetermined by the color of their skin, the god they

believe in, and the place they were born. A message not unlike this reverberated through society

and government in the United States not 70 years ago. Discrimination and prejudice ran rampant

throughout all of American society in 1945. Richard Wright as a black author in 1945, a true

anomaly for this time, eloquently brought forth this idea in his book Black Boy. Wright wrote

“Had a black boy announced that he aspired to be a writer, he would have been unhesitatingly

called crazy by his pals. Or had a black boy spoken of yearning to get a seat on the New York

Stock Exchange, his friends--in the boy’s own interest--would have reported his odd ambition to

the white boss (1.10.23).” 70 years later, our country has progressed exponentially in turn,

leading to the abolishment of oppressive laws and prejudicial mindsets. Each and every

American now shares the same rights regardless of race, heritage, or religion. The massive

progression of racial equality does not, however, entitle one to the exclamation that we have

found and implemented the solution to racial inequality. The idea that one has found the inerrant

solution to such a broad and complex issue is incredibly ignorant in light of events that occur

daily. Each passing day is riddled with innumerable occurrences of prejudice and discrimination

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