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In order to achieve success you must be independent have dignity and be willing to take the needed risks In both Black Boy and A Raisin in the Sun many characters take risks in order to get the things they want out of life By not acting like the typical African American would these characters have diverged in life from the norm both emotionally and physically From the early days of Richards childhood Richard was always alienated from his environment Even though he tried to distance himself from the prejudice all around him the white people still tried to turn him into the stereotypical southern black person However throughout the story Richard is also alienated by his own people and perhaps even more then from the white people Richard was always a rebel from his boyhood to his older teenage years Richards grandmother was always excessively beating him From the beginning Richard would not subdue himself to the white man like the other black people around The white people knew that he was different from other black men Whites were scared because Richard challenged the system that they had created to insure white supremacy They feared Richard and some of the white people felt it necessary to act out their racist feelings in order to cover up their fear White co-workers beat Richard because his boss was kind to him Richard later had to leave a good job because those racist co-workers would kill him When the principal at Richards school had asked Richard to give a speech to a large audience of white and black people Richard refused to read the principals prepared speech By reading the principals speech Richard was saying what the white power wanted him to say and to Richard this would be giving in to the very thing he hated so much Richard was willing to leave school without a diploma instead of this White people
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