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Unwritten Rules Just five decades ago most black Americans could not work live shop eat seek entertainment or travel as they chose Jaynes and Williams 3 This statement reflects the plight of African Americans during the time period described in Incident by Countee Cullen and Telephone Conversation by Wole Soyinka These two poems show how black people were treated during a particular era in American history In these two poems one can see how black people were segregated excluded and intimidated by the white majority during a particular time period In both of these poems one can see all of the prejudices faced by black people and the struggle of white people to stay separated from black people One can see in Incident by Countee Cullen and Telephone Conversation by Wole Soyinka similarities that demonstrate the historical and sociological impact of this era on African Americans Incident and Telephone Conversation both reflect a historical period in America that deprived African Americans of basic freedoms These poems show in simplistic situations that many prejudices held against African Americans during that time period Historically the 1930s was a time period when black Americans were made to feel as if they were subordinate to the majority Cullen and Soyinka both reveal how black people were put down during this time period In this time period during which Incidents and Telephone Conversation occur segregation of black people and white people was the social norm In the majority of public places black and white people were forced to use separate facilities among other things Segregation was common in restaurants schools and businesses Segregation was the rule in public accommodations health care housing schooling work the legal system and interpersonal relations Jaynes and Williams 58 In Incident a white child sticks his tongue out at a black child reflecting his feelings that he should not have to socialize with a black child By this childs behavior one can see
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