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Racism through a Little Boys Eyes Racism is a difficult topic to understand Viewing racism through the eyes of a young boy named Richard Wright gives the reader the feeling of understanding the horrific life he grew up in The style of Wrights first-person narrative generalizes his own experience to draw conclusion about the manner in which society functions Richard Wright was unfolding the awareness and consciousness of race and of the relationship between blacks and whites by living through it first hand Beginning with the first chapter of Black Boy we start to encounter the first awareness Richard Wright has about blacks and whites He is fearful of his mothers beatings careful to avoid his father and deathly afraid of his grannys white image 23 Richard Wright at the age of four years mimics what he sees in his environment when Wright ties a make shift noose he mimics the hanging of black men an image prevalent during an era dominated by the Ku Klux Klan and Jim Crows segregation laws Wright portrays innocence in his everyday childhood by not expressing his feelings to others Wright possesses a mischievous spirit and is not sure of how the world works Richard hears through out the community that a white man beat a black boy Richard becomes bewildered with confusion asking his mother why did the white man whip the black boy 24 Wright is still unaware of the social relationship between blacks and white To me whites were merely people like other people 23 he says Little by little Richard is starting to become a conscious about what is happening A device that Richard Wright employs in Black Boy is dualism specifically between black and white There is a constant play of words off the notion of black and white Richards white-looking grandmother 23 the white man who beats the black boy 24 the white boat he dreams of 9 and the black-and-white
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