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In the novel I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings the black male is depicted as in inferior member of society Throughout the story the black males are shown to be unintelligent violent abusive people Even the one or two good black men end up being bad in the end This book depicts the black male as a bum or better yet a hoodlum In the beginning of the novel Bailey Jr was the loving big brother who provided a sense of stability and continuity for Maya Nevertheless as the plot progressed he became somewhat of a thug He started becoming an insurgent staying out late at night with out telling anyone where he was He jumped on the back of a train and ended up stranded in Baton Rouge In addition he became a criminal stealing from his grandmothers store As Maya recalled We had always taken candy and a few nickels and of course the sour pickle but Bailey now called upon to feed Joyces ravening hunger took cans of sardines and greasy polish sausage and cheese and even the expensive cans of pink salmon In addition to all this he was forced to leave his grandmother and mothers houses to moved in with his hooker girlfriend In the end the caring responsible brother becomes a pimp at 16 years old Daddy Clidell the owner of numerous apartment buildings and pool halls became the only true father figure Maya ever knew She loved his strength and his tenderness Nevertheless at the same time she stated He was a simple man who had no inferiority complex about his lack of education and even more amazing no superiority complex because he had succeeded despite that lack In essence the quote means that this black male was so ignorant that he was not aware of his ignorance The biggest ignoramus in the book seems to be Daddy Bailey When he came to visit from California Maya
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