Richard Wright's Black Boy as a Catalyst to End Racism Essay

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Black Boy as a Catalyst to End Racism

Around 2000 B.C., Egyptians enslaved Jews in bondage like caged animals because they were targeted as a lesser race and thus chosen for labor. Just 1500 years later, the Jews themselves were the culprits of racism labeling the very association with Samaritans as a deep sin. In 1861_1865, the United States divided brother against brother in one of its bloodiest battles of all time over black slavery.

Racism survives not simply as an intangible historic fable but as a real modern problem, also. In current civilization Arab Palestinians war with Israelis to find a homeland; the Ku Klux Klan draws its biggest membership influx in over 20 years;

and in the U.S. where freedom
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Like a motherless child, they feel lost and not cared for by a world with all of those conditions. They lose their individuality and then their self_esteem. Those whites took the hate and despair that they received, and punished blacks, a weaker race, with harsh discipline. When Reynolds and Pease ganged up on Richard, Richard did, "feel no hate for the men who had driven [him] from the job. They were not individual men, but part of a huge implacable, elemental design." (229) By teaming up on blacks like Pease and Reynolds did to Richard, whites are able to unite and find power in numbers, and in turn satisfy their human need for pride. Richard was commanded to distinguish the

separation Hand does lead to the separation of the races, and coupled with the ego that the white man at the optical company demonstrated about one's race results in racism. The cycle of racism ends in the action of transferring that pain against those who had identities. This was true for Richard's Uncle Hoskins as he, "had been killed by whites who had long coveted his flourishing liquor business."(63) The whites began to hate the blacks, thus delivering the same hate to the blacks that they themselves felt they received from society. This end hate regenerates the system by leaving the blacks with no identities, and so they started, "transferring their hatred of themselves to others with a black
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