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The son of a Mississippi sharecropper Richard Wright helped liberate a generation of black writers most notably Ralph Ellison and James Baldwin with Native Son and Black Boy prophetic and inflammatory works that alerted white readers to the smoldering malignancy of racism Blades1 What exactly is racism Google defines it as prejudice or discrimination directed against someone of a different race based on such a belief2 In the novel Black Boy there are many accounts of racism Wright uses the novel to teach others about racism Diane Telgen says The novel is his retrospective exploration of the way in which he learned the values and draw backs which constitute both prejudice and tolerance 503 Wright uses the values he learned to show the white race how racism is for the blacks He uses examples of harshness the blacks place in the world his own racism his confusion of race his understanding of race and his escape from racism in his novel Black Boy Wright grew up in the South where racism was the harshest and most common Wright in the deep South witnessed essential bleakness of black life in America Blades4 The black race was looked at like a group of animals and was not given any rights or privileges They were beaten and shunned by the white race and did nothing but work for the white man Wright uses himself as a character to reveal the reality of the harshness of racism What concerned him were not sentimental or melodramatic depictions of the black condition but hard-hitting analyses and portrayals that brought readers face to face with the realities of what racism and segregation and deprived educational standards have done to black America and the consequences of that especially in terms of violence and the will to violence the hatred of whites on the part of so many blacks black youths in particular Blades5With all this being said Yoshinobu Hakutani says Needless to
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