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The theme of Richard Wrights Black Boy is racism because he became a black boy for the sole purpose of survival to make enough money stop the hunger pains and to eventually move to the North where he could be himself Wright grew up in the deep dirty South the Jim Crow South of the early twentieth century From an early age Richard Wright was aware of two races the black and the white Yet he never understood the relations between the two races The fact that he didnt understand but was always trying to got him into trouble many times When in Memphis Wright reluctantly assumed the role society dictated for him the role of a black boy As an innocent child Wright sees no difference between the blacks and the whites Despite he is aware of the existence of a difference My grandmother who was as white as any white person had never looked white to mePg 31 This statement shows his confusion about blacks and whites As a child Wright heard of a white man beating a black boy and believed that the white man was allowed to beat the black child Wright did not think that whites had the right to beat blacks because of their race Instead he assumed that the white man was the black boys father When Wright learned that this was not true and that the boy was beaten because of his race he was unable to reason it Even as he got older he didnt see the color of people In one instance Richard and a friend are standing outside a shop when some white people pass by Richard doesnt move to accommodate the white people because he simple didnt notice that they were white As a child Wright ultimately learned to fear white people However he still did not understand the social differences between the races White people killed Richards uncle and his aunt and
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