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Are Blacks the UntermenschSub PersonThe history of African integration into American society has been Permeated with human tragedy Ever since the first slave boat reached the shores of America a deep affliction to the African race transpired Generations upon generations were ravished by the rapacity of there captors Kept enchained and illiterate for hundreds of years the idea of Blacks as the Untermensch in American society was milled into the American psyche the remnant of which still till today remains Untermensch a German word meaning sub person has often been used to describe the African status compared to that of their white counterparts In the short stories The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara and Battle Royal by Ralph Ellison the authors use the idea of race determining the social structure in America where Blacks are the Untermensch In the short story The Lesson Bambara through fictional characters makes a serious social commentary The story portrays a poor black neighborhood where the narrator is poor little black girl who along with her friends is being thought at home by this old black lady named Ms Moore She despises Ms Moore for dressing and talking proper and most importantly for making her come to study during the hot summer months Sylvia the narrator a rough street kid is brought along with her street friends by Ms Moore to a ritzy toy shop FAO SHWARZ where she and her friends are shown toys which can feed them for years Sylvia along with her friends questions how people could such ridiculous amount of money on toys to which one of the kids replies that this is not much of a democracy if you ask me Equal chance to pursue happiness means an equal crack at the dough dont it164 That quote basically summarized the lesson which Ms Moore was trying to tell her kids Sylvia and her friends were content with the piece of pie 163 they had
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