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Black Boy Essay In the book Black Boy Richard had a bad upbringing He had to deal with many negativities with his father abandoning him his mother abusing him the anxiety moving from place to place and the racial prejudice of his time Richard grew up in the 1900s in the most racially separated part of America the South The problems from his family only added to the problems he faced Whites would abuse Richard in so many ways physically abusive verbally and the worst of all politically abusive whites This prejudice affected Richard so much that it changed his life when he lived in the South The types of prejudice often lead to violence This violence only happen to black skin people Richard tells of this violence when the whites offer him a ride All set they asked Yes sir Richard said but before he new it he was hit with a bottle in the head Dazed I pulled to my feet My elbows and legs were bleeding When he stood up the one who threw the bottle told Richard that he should talk more respectfully to other whites he said that Richard was lucky that he was not killed In his early life Richard had only heard of this violence but now he felt it As Richard lived in Memphis another physical abuse happen when his fellow white workers forced him to fight another black This shows that whites turned two friends into the worst of friends for their personal entertainment Richard vowed he would never do it again Some more of this prejudice also lead to fear of psychological stress In the early part of the century blacks feared for their life Richard while living in the South has a lot of free time in which he spends most of it reading books As he began to read magazines were not satisfying to him anymore Richard had a
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