Racism Is Not A Secret Against Black Men

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Negativity seems to draw people like a magnet to young African American males. They are often depicted as a physical threat, condemned by society determining their final destination. “National public opinion data citied in a statement from the University of Chicago’s Black Youth Project reveals that black youth “ recent killings Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Trayvon Martin, among others, serve as grim reminders to young, disadvantaged men of color that their lives are undervalued in their own country” (Knight ). History shows that prejudice is not a secret against black males and it is typically barefaced without apology. Christopher Paul Curtis retells history in The Watson’s Go to Birmingham-1963 using the theme of hate, utilizing the character of Byron to symbolically embody the aptitude we share to be cruel or the capacity to stand up towards cruelty. African American Review should consider The Watson’s go to Birmingham-1963 as a part of the literary tradition to solidify the body of work presented by Curtis as a true representation of the African American experience and influence more schools to include the book in classroom reading selection.
Christopher Paul Curtis was born in Flint, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan. His first published book is The Watson’s Go to Birmingham-1963, receiving a Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor book citation in 1996. Curtis wrote as a refuge and found inspiration from his family and teachers. He

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