Living in such a privileged country people tend to forget the great importance of reading and writing. For Frederick Douglass, Malcolm X, and Sandra Cisneros they were trapped in a world where society defined who they were, they were deprived of their identity and were expounded to the lowest expectations of society. With the curse of not knowing was followed by the gift of intellectual integrity to rise above society's expectations. Being born into a life where your future is defined by the civilization around you can supply a person with the state of loneliness. Malcolm X was born into a time where his race was impudent, he was raised in a rough neighborhood.
Baldwin 's father suffered psychological problems as he lived for a long time in the segregated community. Some problems they encountered while they were living in the north were the lack of jobs offered, and limited positions in high paying businesses. Although Baldwin 's father presented himself as a proud African American, inside he was filled with insecurities and humiliation. There were several communication barriers that Baldwin fathers faced.
In the Jim Crow context, the presidential election of 1912 was steeply slanted against the interests of black Americans. A majority of African Americans are still settling in the South, where they are currently facing stringent restrictions so they could not vote at all. While
Pertaining to the rights of African Americans a new south did not appear after the reconstruction. While they were “free” they were often treated harshly and kept in a version of economic slavery by either their former masters or other white people in power. Sharecropping and the crop-lien system often had a negative impact on both the black and white tenants keeping them in debt with the owner. Jim Crow laws, vigilantes and various means of disfranchisement became the normal way of life in the South. It was believed that white people were superior to black people and when they moved up in politics or socially they were harassed and threatened.
The Negro has no memories and had forgotten his religion and culture. He only knows slavery and does not know what it means to be free. He has been told from birth that he is inferior to the European. He has been reduced to less than a human by his European master, reflecting on a servant-master relationship, where the master subjects the slave and exercises supremacy. Even though the American Indian is on the same level as the Negro, they refused to submit to the tyranny of the white man.
He believed that things would never truly be equal due to the color line, or as he referred to it, “the veil”. Despite American’s efforts to assist slaves in the transition to a free black American citizen, they just did not feel accepted. The Freedmen’s Bureau was set up in hopes that this would ease the transition but it didn’t help. This relates back to “the veil” the Du Bois refers to. The veil represents the African American’s feelings of inequality and inability to mesh with the white American citizens.
During World War II African-American and Caucasian’s weren’t known to be very close with one another, but Sam and Rick prove that this isn’t the case. In America, African-American’s like Sam were being treated as slaves not as individuals like Rick was treating him. Rick saw Sam as his equal not someone inferior to him, and that is seen throughout the
At the beginning of Chapter I, while describing his childhood, Douglass mentions the mystery of his age, recalling, “I have no accurate knowledge of my age, never having seen any authentic record containing it. By far the larger part of the slaves know as little of their age as horses know of theirs, and it is the wish of most masters within my knowledge to keep their slaves thus ignorant” (40). This is one of the tactics slave owners used to strip slaves of their humanity early on in their life. Almost to make them seem like animals. As a child, Douglass knew that white children were aware of their own ages, and was confused as to why he was “deprived of the same privilege” (40).
(Wright 40) Richard realizes that he is missing something in his life, because of the Jim Crow South, such as, for example, Granny’s religious suppressiveness that forces Richard to keep away from books, as she calls it “the devil’s work.” The poverty that surrounds Richard makes blacks neglect the whites, and when he reads, he falls into a fantasy dream world that doesn't exist in his life. After
Once African Americans were sent off with their freedom, former slaves were left on their own with little more then what they were allowed to take. Due to the racist attitudes that were rampant in the South, it was nearly impossible to find anything but low paying, unskilled jobs for anyone who wasn’t white. Because blacks needed work and plantation owners had vacant land an arrangement was placed in order to meet a questionably mutual benefit, sharecropping. Sharecropping was an agreement between former slave and former slave owners; that in exchange for a share of land and shelter, at a very high rate of interest, the landowner would receive a portion of the harvest made by his land. Although this was a system that functioned for a short time when it was most needed, the high interest rates thrown to the former slaves that suffered from them made the debt nearly impossible to repay, yet again leaving the African Americans under control of the white race.
Throughout history races have been oppressed. Even after being freed are scared of their previous captors. We see that in this case because even though Tom Robinson is free he still has the mindset of a slave. Tom though free hasn 't pursued an education, which could help him make more money to help his family.
Being free, though, did not ensure their freedom. While freed, they remained four million of the most despised people in the United States. Further complicating the issue was the fact that very few freedmen had any education and even fewer possessed life skills. They had always been told what to do and when to do it.
Throughout the period of the Reconstruction, the northerners and southerners viewed and treated blacks differently. For example, the southerners did not have any respect for blacks at this time and treated them terribly. The Southern Black Codes were significant in defining the rights of the freedmen and many of the rights were restricted due to these specific codes. The codes prevented blacks from achieving their own occupation, from voting, and the codes limited any freedom that the individual may have. The blacks had no rights as a citizen due to the southern rules.
In Barn Barning by William Faulker, Sarty faces some hard decisions in his life. He is confronted with loyalty to his family and to honor and justice. While it might seem that Barning Burning is about loyalty, the story + is an initiation from childhood to manhood. Barn Burning is an initiation story which provide believable account of modern rite of passage into adulthood. Sarty endures a challenging experience that prepares him for adulthood.
What do you consider loyalty? Who would you give your loyalty to family? Or the law? Loyalty could be defined in many ways. Loyalty mean to me the nature of being loyal to someone.