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Richard Wright was brought up in a life of poverty violence and racism so he obviously experienced these things first hand Wright uses his essay to relay the message to black people that it is time to revolt against whites In The Ethics of Living Jim Crow Wright uses his organization and an emotional appeal to persuade his readers to rise up and take action Wright uses several appeals to emotion that relate to helplessness in his essay One example is when he describes the black woman being mistreated by the two white men One morning while polishing brass out front the boss and his twenty-yr-old son got out of the car and half dragged half kicked a Negro woman into the store A policeman standing on the corner looked on twirling his night-stick I watched out of the corner of my eye never slackening the strokes of my chamois upon the brass Later the woman stumbled out bleeding crying and holding her stomach 302 Wright is forced to stand and watch as the two men drag out of the car and into the store the defenseless woman This relays a feeling of helplessness to the reader because he can do nothing to help her and if he tries the same is likely to happen to him By incorporating this into his essay Wright shows how black people could just be abused without any consequence whatsoever He also uses this example to anger the black people so that they will want to rebel and not have to deal with these problems any longer Another appeal Wright makes to helplessness is when he uses the story about the white night-watchman where he works As we passed the night-watchman he slapped the maid on her buttock I turned around amazed The watchman looked at me with a long hard fixed-under state Suddenly he pulled his gun and asked Nigger dont yuh
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