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Ralph Ellison in his essay An Extravagance of Laughter demonstrated the living condition of black life in the segregated 1930s Ellison grew up in Oklahoma City Oklahoma Unfortunately His father past away when he was only three He lived with his mother and brother in absolute poverty but always believe that he could overcome the limits of racial prejudice Throughout the years Ellison fell in love with Africa-American music Jazz He played Trumpet and thought himself Louis Armstrong solos For Ellison and many other blacks in the south personal choice privileges was something they were lacking He states you lived in a Negro neighborhood because you were forced to do so and because you preferred living among those of your own background Which was easy to answer because having to experience life in a mixed neighborhood as a child I preferred to live where people spoke my own version of the American Language and where misreading of the tone or gesture were less likely to ignite literal conflict Ellison 145 By this people did not have any choice about where they live At times They preferred to live among those of their own background just because they did not want to deal with inferiority Imagine living in a place were you were not wanted and where people were aggravating you and your family from day to day People really do not want to deal with negative attitudes and they certainly will not live around it Many people believe its more comfortable to live around people with the same background as they are By doing so its easier to understand each others view about a certain point Not only they were forced to live in places they did not want to live public transportation was places of hallucinations for Negroes Once their fares were deposited they were sent straight to the rear During such time both the driver and white folks tormented them Imagine the type
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