Jewish or atheist, or just plain different people think they can cast hateful stares or exchange lithely words despite the philosophy they were taught at such a young age. This quote applies to every person no matter how different their cover may be. Often times, people are harshly Judged based on the way they look. One of the most hurtful and malevolent Judgment is a Judgment that is made based on the race of a person especially when someone acts upon bitter Judgments. This Is what racism Is. Racism is entirely unscrupulous, ominous and malevolent. It only makes a person’s life worse.
The theme of racism being oppressive is often addressed in literature. Numerous novels discuss the negativity of racism and what needs to be done to stop t. The three pieces of literature discussed here capitalize that racism is malevolent, each in a deferent way with a deferent view. Although they all go into detail of the effects of racism and the causes of racism, they all do it in a different way. The first work of literature, Black Boy by Richard Wright, Is an autobiography that explains Wright’s life growing up in the dreadfully racist south. Through the whole novel, Wright tried to convey a message to America.
Of course it was obvious Wright revealed the insidious effects of racism, but he was also sought to circulate another sausage that racism was so malevolent and serious that it was too difficult for blacks to unite to make a change. Many times, Wright would emphasize how blacks would rely mainly on themselves to defend themselves against other people. When Richard was younger, he was attacked by a group of boys on his way to get groceries. When Richard came back his mom, Ella, sent him to get groceries again. Richard was attacked once more and when he returned Ella instructed him to take a stick and not come home until he had the groceries. Take this money, this note, and this stick,’ she said. ‘Go to the store and buy these groceries. If those boys bother you, then fight. ” This scene was an early example of Ella preparing Wright to defend himself in the real world. Ella did not accompany him because she wanted to prove to him that he will not always have someone there to fight his battles. Ell’s lesson correlates to the realistic world where racist whites may assault a black person and only the black person can defend himself. Just stay right where you are,’ she said in a deadly tone. ‘I’m going to teach you this night to stand up and fight for yourself. This lesson that Ella was attempting to teach to Wright was one example why the blacks could to unite against racism. Racism was so deeply rooted in the American culture that ten maltase AT Dallas Deliver teen were all alone In ten Talent against went discriminate actions towards black people. This lesson that young black people learned kept from any advancement in the unification of the black race to battle the immoral afflictions that the racist white society was pressing upon black people. Racism in Black Boy was so malevolent that any chance of unification to change the racist discriminations was shattered.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, racism as also hard to stop but it was because of the injustice black people could not overcome due to the extremely racist society. The main character, Scout Finch, witnessed the injustices of racism and the Judicial rights it denied to blacks. Scout Finch was a six year old girl who enjoyed having fun with her older brother Gem. Her father, Attic’s, was a lawyer who ended up defending a black man who was accused of raping a white woman. The black man, Tom Robinson, was tried and the verdict was that Tom was guilty even though evidence clearly proved he was innocent.
Racism is what caused this injustice to Tom. The reason he was persecuted was because he was black and being black was the lowest social standing of anyone in the community. Racism denied Justice but it also denied the opportunity for a better living. The life and treatment of a black person was already predetermined due to the color of one’s skin. The social structure in To Kill a Mockingbird began with rich at the top of the ladder, average in the middle, poor near the bottom, white trash at the bottom, and the lowest of all were black people.
It did not matter to people how respectable of a character a black person had, if they were black, they would automatically be put at the bottom of the social ladder. The ladder was a representation of who had the most power and rights in the community and with the blacks at the bottom, everyone had power over them including white trash. People who accused Tom of raping a white woman were classified as white trash and they were the Eels. The Eels in the community were not well liked or respected, but when up against a black man, it did not matter to the Jury how disgraceful the Eels were because the defendant was a black man.
The racist society of Macomb denied fair Justice to Tom Robinson because of the color of his skin. The reason for it was simply because on their complicated social hierarchy, blacks were the lowest social class. Whereas Black Boy insisted that it was the duty of the black race to change their social status and stop the racist exploits, To Kill a Mockingbird hinted more that the white race needed to defend the people who were be discriminated and stop being racist in order to halt the racist cruelties that were taking place.
In the last selection, Black Like Me by John Griffin, he gave a general sense that everyone needed to work to stop racism. Black Like Me illustrated a time of Griffin’s life in which he went to drastic measures to explore the racist behaviors of fellow Americans. John Griffin underwent a medical procedure to temporarily dye the color of his skin from white to black. As a black man, Griffin traveled to the highly prejudice states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama to experience the racial discrimination first hand.
Soon after dying his skin, Griffin realized how malevolent racism is and the basic rights racism denied to an individual. Similar to Black Boy, reading only a couple of pages of Black Like Me, people are able to grasp the theme of the novel effortlessly. It is obvious to the eye that Griffin is thriving to display the injustices of racism, but not all people are able to link a deeper meaning AT Nils nearest novel. Realtor emphasizes now a person’s lambently Is greatly related to a person’s race.
When Griffin first made his transformation from a white man to a black man he went into a panic, fearing he had lost his identity. The fact that Griffin admitted to his short identity loss at the beginning of the novel foreshadowed into the series of identity crises correlated directly with race and racism. Griffin claimed his identity as a black man was abnormally different than his identity as a white man, solely based n the way he was treated.
As a white man Griffin was granted simple dignities such as drinking from a water fountain, using a public restroom, riding a bus, and sitting on a park bench that blacks were callously being denied simply because of the color of their skin. When Griffin switched to being a black person, he was denied the rights he had as a white man. This change in Griffin’s life resulted in a lot of identity confusion. He became a new man as a black person because of the alteration in the way he was being treated. What is behind all of Griffin’s identity problems was racism.
Racism was what caused the blacks to feel inferior and different compared to the whites. In Black Boy and To Kill a Mockingbird, Richard Wright and Harper Lee both mentioned how the identity of a person may be predetermined based on the color of one’s skin; Griffin similarly mentioned the same idea. “When all the talk, all the propaganda has been cut away, the criterion is nothing but the color of skin. My experience proved that. They Judged me by no quality. My skin was dark. ” In Black Like Me, Griffin greatly portrayed this effect of racism when he went to a place first as a white man and secondly as a black man.
Griffin indicated how popularized his experiences were due to the racist reactions of the white citizens when he was a black man. Racism in Black Like Me denied blacks simple dignities and rights which caused an unfair living circumstances between the two races. In all three selections, racism caused blacks to lose rights that every human should be entitled to. In Black Like Me and Black Boy, blacks are denied the right to voice their opinions and the right to enjoy simple things such as walking down the street without being biblically discriminated. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Justice and fairness as denied to blacks.
Liberty was what this country was founded upon, it is everything that America represents today; freedom for people to be who they are, freedom to not be ashamed of where they come from, and freedom to succeed no matter where they come from or who they are. Racism denies people liberty. It denies everything that America has worked for. Racism is malevolent. Unfortunately it has been in history a long time; luckily literature has influenced views on racism and continues to do so. It would be best though if racism did not exist, after all racial superiority is a mere pigment of the imagination.