Since The Beginning Of Time, Racial Inequality Has Influenced

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Since the beginning of time, racial inequality has influenced the way society feels and treats one another. In the times of slavery in the United States, white people were in control of almost everything, resulting in the oppression of black people. This dark period in American history has shaped the country to what it is now. With racism being very much alive in present day society, black Americans are still fighting for equality throughout the country. Although speaking out against racial discrimination is the humane thing to do, many people in present day society have chosen to stay silent and not take action. It is important to understand that whenever an individual ignores or disregards an issue like racism, they are still…show more content…
Initially, the audience believes that Dunbar is writing about himself and his community, but the “we” implies that there can be more than one specific group. If he only wanted his poem to appeal to the black community, he would have limited his audience by using “us” as his subject. By using the “we” instead of “us”, anyone in the audience who is not black can infer that the message of the poem applies to them as well. As a white reader, when they read this poem, the “we” suggests that the message includes them as well. Lillian S. Robinson, Principal of the women 's studies program at Concordia University, and Greg Robinson, Associate Professor of History at the Universite of Quebec at Montreal, both agree that Dunbar’s writings appealed to black and white people. “Although Dunbar 's works were known among both whites and African Americans while he was alive, his fame peaked after his early death in 1906” (Lillian S. Robinson and Greg Robinson 215). Dunbar’s work was not only popular within the black community, but the white community as well. When reading his writings, black audiences felt a connection through his work because they knew Dunbar had experienced similar struggles because he was black. It also buildes a connection and feeling of inclusivness for his white audience when reading this poem. Dunbars relies on his choice of diction in this poem to appeal to both
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