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Around 2000 BC Egyptians enslaved Jews in bondage like caged animals because they were targeted as a lesser race and thus chosen for labor Just 1500 years later the Jews themselves were the culprits of racism labeling the very association with Samaritans as a deep sin In 18611865 the United States divided brother against brother in one of its bloodiest battles of all time over black slavery Racism survives not simply as an intangible historic fable but as a real modern problem also In current civilization Arab Palestinians war with Israelis to find a homeland the Ku Klux Klan draws its biggest membership influx in over 20 years and in the US where freedom reigns Americans have never to date voted a person into the presidents office who was not a white male Dennys restaurants Texaco gas stations and Avis car rental are a few of the number of national companies accused of extolling racism in this apartheid America Although less subtle in the lives of Americans then racism also thrived in the souls of people living during the 1920s Even though the war on slavery was over in the battle fields white racists were blood thirsty lions at heart as was demonstrated in the book Black Boy The setting of Black Boy is in the deep south of Jackson Mississippi where whites attempted to tame into submission blacks by hard discipline Such was the case for Richard in Black Boy his autobiography It seemed that the more Richard gained success the more he was hurt In Black Boy Richard is abused by whites because he reminds the whites of their lack of identity and failure to meet societys expectations Their lives became bland and their world became bleak and undeniable 193 The largeness the coldness and squalor of the world to the white racists then and now are mountains of pain that the racists can not scale Like a motherless child they feel lost
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