Discrimination In Desiree's Baby

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“Desiree’s Baby”: The Reality of Discrimination
Until the root of hate is met with love, racial issues and discrimination against African Americans will continue to thrive for eternity. African American discrimination and racial instability is shown in “Desiree’s Baby”, a short story written by Kate Chopin set in the antebellum South. The main character, Desiree is victimized, along with her infant child, by her husband, Armand, and his racial instability towards African Americans, only later to discover he is of African descent (Chopin). “Desiree’s Baby” was published in the late 1800’s (“Desiree's Baby…”) and during this time, African Americans were frequently mistreated ("The Rights of Blacks...") due to their recent emancipation three decades earlier. In “Desiree’s Baby”, Armand’s racial issues represents widespread discrimination against African Americans.
In “Desiree’s Baby”, Armand’s treatment of African Americans was compared to “the very spirit of Satan” (Chopin 2) which is alike the reality of the treatment of African Americans during the late 1800’s. Armand’s treatment of African Americans reflected his views of them. During the late 1800’s, African Americans were commonly terrorized by white supremacists and hate groups such as the Ku Klux Klan to diminish their recently assumed rights (“African American History...”). The Ku Klux Klan lynched almost twenty thousand African Americans throughout their reign of terror (“Black History.”) which reflected
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