Analysis Of Richard Wright's The Living Ethics Of Jim Crow

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Richard Wright is known to be one of the most influential African American writers of the 20th century. He was well known for his sometimes controversial essays and short stories. Much of his work dealt with racial themes and is said to have paved the way for many other African American writers in the fight against racism in the 1900s. One of Wright’s essays “The Living Ethics of Jim Crow” (1937), demonstrates the conditioning of African Americans through the acceptance of disenfranchisement and inferiority through a personal look in Richard Wright’s life. This conditioning is brought through childhood upbringings, the stigmas placed by society, and the internal acceptance of those stigmas through reoccurring experiences. Richard Nathanial Wright was born on September 4, 1908, in Roxie, Mississippi on a plantation. He was the grandson of slaves. His father was an illiterate sharecropper and his mother was a schoolteacher. Throughout his early life, he experiences different forms of racial oppression. He encounters his first racial experiences in Arkansas. These experiences would mark the beginning of his awareness of the reality of being a black person in the 20th century. During Wright’s youth state and local laws enforced racial segregation. These laws are known as Jim Crow laws. These laws were beginning to become more common at the end of the reconstruction period in 1877. African Americans began to gain basic rights that would solidify their equality after the

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