The Tragedy Of Racism By James Baldwin

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Whether past or present, there is no denying the fact that we humans have created an existence in which it is not uncommon to subject other breathing human beings to conditions of separateness and extreme oppression. The societies we create aid in participation of these conditions in a way that some deem acceptable, even if threatening to the moral norm. “Going to Meet The Man,” a melancholy story written by James Baldwin, sheds light on the tragic problem of racism that has afflicted our world and how this racism came to be. By examining the past and present life of a racist sheriff in a southern town, this tragic story epitomizes the terrible truth of reality and exemplifies the tragedy and problem of moral knowledge, alienation from others, and the tragedy of morally conflicting demands. Every child comes into the world as a guiltless, innocent being. No one gets the opportunity to choose a family, nor choose the belief systems of the family. Being born into a family remains a metaphysical phenomenon, meaning a child’s family remains completely out of human control. Who is going to raise the child, what will be taught, where it will live, etc., is written in the cosmos and depends upon fate and chance. No human is born with predetermined belief systems in his or her hearts; rather, beliefs are a learned conviction.
The story of “Going to Meet The Man,” embodies the idea that children hold dear the teachings of their guardians. The values cultivated during early…

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