The Man Who Lives Is Shape Into Us

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Often in our lives, the people we encounter, whether if we were born into them or met them after being born, affect the way the world is shape into us. In other words, it is because of the people we know, we see the world in a slightly different view than the person next to us. Similarly, Keise Laymon— in his noveI How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America— reflects on how the people he met and born into (such as Kurt and his mother) taught him to “see” things “he had not seen,” “love what he once considered unloveable, and be in an often unjust and imperfect world.” Kurt, a white man who lives in an apartment above Laymon’s apartment, is the one who taught Laymon to see the world he had not seen before. While Laymon and Kurt were walking in, Kurt tells Laymon he “should mover here” (Laymon, 51) and saying that “Youse are different. Youse ain’t like your kind (Laymon,51).” However, Laymon only thinks that Kurt is very ignorant. Laymon goes on and sarcastically state that Kurt is deserving of “three pats for inching closer to the realization that black Americans were never niggers to begin with (Laymon, 52,” while in reality Kurt is not willing to see that issues. After the walk, Laymon wanted to get “all graduate school on” Kurt in words. However, Kurt just “turned his back” and left. Laymon then decided that: If White American entitlement meant anything, it meant that no matter how patronizing, unashamed, deliberate, unintentional, poor, rich, rural, urban,
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