Cleaver, E. “The White Race and Its Heroes.” in Souls on Ice, 65-83. New York: Dell Press, 1968.
“You are fired!” As Natalia, her long black hair touching the ground and her long black bangs covering her eyes, grabs her belongings she hears whispers “failure,” “ugly,” and “she looks like a rag dog,” she heard a giggle, someone grabbed her by the hair “you are nothing but a loser, you are pathetic, and ugly, no one loves you and will never love you, just disappear!” Her vision went blurry, she grown weak, and all she heard was the whispers in her head repeating “disappear, disappear, just disappear…” suddenly…everything went black. She opened her eyes and saw blood everywhere, body parts everywhere, insides are showing, and blood covered her, she screamed a horrifying scream, she did not fully black out, and she saw something breathtaking, something is happening to her; her skin goes black, she sees red, black wings pierced out of her back, her fingers and toes turn into black claws, a long furry tail slithers out, and horns grow on her head, she roared knocking over dozen of buildings, and her memory came back, she killed all those people, she transformed into this and killed everyone.
One day a girl, Marissa, who was sixteen years old, came home from school in a very bad mood. She had a fight with her best friend that day and it had not turned out well at all. Marissa’s best friend Emma, kissed Marissa's boyfriend Luke at lunch. They were sitting at the lunch table together, Marissa got up to get a fork for her salad, while she left Emma went in and kissed Luke. Like there was nothing wrong with kissing her best friend’s boyfriend. When Marissa got back, she noticed it was a little awkward, so she asked her friend Kayla when lunch was over.
What exactly is an ideal lifestyle? The answer is different for every person because some people desire more and some desire less. In the short story “Black Girl” by Sembene Ousmane, the reader learns about Diouana’s determination to climb the social hierarchy ladder. As the protagonist, she indulgences in the thought of moving away from her hometown in Africa where she has been working as a maid for the last few years for a rich white family. Her vision of the perfect lifestyle is living in France, where she imagines herself making millions and bathing in fortune. Unfortunately, things don’t always appear as they seem. The story illustrates that when one thinks of their ideal lifestyle they mainly rely on their personal experience which
In the story, “I Never Dated A White Girl,” Lawrence Otis Graham (1996) talks about how racial issues in a society plays a role in interpersonal relationships. He provides a few accounts on why some blacks still oppose to interracial dating. One account claims that when a black leader marries outside the race, he or she demonstrates less commitment to the black community. An example he provided was the popular black U.S. congressman Adam Clayton Powell who married a non-black women. Powell used his light complexion to advantages during his college education and lied about his racial background. A second account claims that intermarrying blacks are making a statement to both communities that black spouses are less desirable partners than whites,
Harriet Jacobs wrote, “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” using the pseudonym Linda Brent, and is among the most well-read female slave narratives in American history. Jacobs faces challenges as both a slave and as a mother. She was exposed to discrimination in numerous fronts including race, gender, and intelligence. Jacobs also appeals to the audience about the sexual harassment and abuse she encountered as well as her escape. Her story also presents the effectiveness of her spirit through fighting racism and showing the importance of women in the community.
No one in today’s society can even come close to the heartache, torment, anguish, and complete misery suffered by women in slavery. Many women endured this agony their entire lives, there only joy being there children and families, who were torn away from them and sold, never to be seen or heard from again.
The slave narratives Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jones are similar but different in many ways. The narratives tell from the perspective of a man and woman the struggles of slavery and their journey to freedom. Their slave narratives help us to better comprehend the trials and tribulations that happened during slavery. The main difference between Douglass’s and Jacobs’ narratives is their gender. Their gender has a direct impact on the experiences they had and how their got to their freedom.
The White Race and Its Heroes, by Eldridge Cleaver is extremely unapologetic and captivating. It appears that the movements of the past are similar to the ones sit-ins have been replaced with the Black Lives Matter movement. As of today White Heroes actively practice racialism without the disguise of a hood. Things like this article and the events behind it represent minority grievances a large part of conflict, which always seems to be a controversial matter. I found it interesting that Cleaver explained how many tried to de-escalate conflicts only to be disillusioned by their efforts. I feel that many minorities are still stuck in a subordinate mindset to cope with adversities without further issues or we hide our true feelings as a way to
In "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl", Harriet Jacobs writes, "Slavery is terrible for men; but it is far more terrible for women" (64). Jacobs' work shows the evils of slavery as being worse in a woman's case by the gender. Jacobs elucidates the disparity between societal dictates of what the proper roles were for Nineteenth century women and the manner that slavery prevented a woman from fulfilling these roles. The book illustrates the double standard of for white women versus black women. Harriet Jacobs serves as an example of the female slave's desire to maintain the prescribed virtues but how her circumstances often prevented her from practicing.
Whites, particularly white women, are the most likely to be framed as victims of crime,
Harriet Jacobs wanted to tell her story, but knew she lacked the skills to write the story herself. She had learned to read while young and enslaved, but, at the time of her escape to the North in 1842, she was not a proficient writer. She worked at it, though, in part by writing letters that were published by the New York Tribune, and with the help of her friend, Amy Post. Her writing skills improved, and by 1858, she had finished the manuscript of her book, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.
Within this excerpt, Shannon Sullivan argues that habits go a long way in instilling the concept of how white people uphold white privilege in ways that they repress people of color by refusing to recognize that they are contributing and benefiting from white domination. She argues that the unconscious racism of white privilege equals to the conscious racism of white supremacy. Sullivan shows that whites claim that it is their ignorance that causes them to appear to be racist. They lack knowledge in people of colors’ interest, value, culture and the biological basis for racial categories. She states that those perceived with racists mindsets believe that if they are given more accurate information about the lives, worlds, and values of people
Another example of a victim of the white controlled society was Deborah. Deborah was brutally raped by a gang of white men and was barren for the rest of her life as a result. The public shame and humiliation that followed also drove her into becoming an outcast in the community. Instead of being sympathized for and cared for, she was looked down upon as dirty and an easy sexual target, “When men looked at Deborah they saw no further than her unlovely and violated body,” (Baldwin 68).This is more of an issue of race than sex because a white woman who was raped would never have faced the shame that Deborah did. As Estelle Freedman of the Washington Post explained, “After emancipation, the presumption that African American women had no say over
Harriet Jacobs, in her book “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl”, narrates the real life and experiences lived by a black girl who born as a slave. In this book, Jacobs shows slavery as something that violates all the rights and principles from the blacks. The way this book is written makes the story more believable. The purpose of Jacobs was to make credible what she has written about the slaves at that time. The author used stories from real slaves and examples so her audiences, white people from the Northern, have knowledge of what black slaves were going