Racism And Oppression In Richard Wright's Black Boy

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Richard Wright, the grandson of slaves was born in Natchez Mississippi. When Richard was ten years old, his mother had a paralytic shock. The family was extremely poor. After a brief education, he was forced to seek employment in other to support his mother. He had a difficult childhood which was characterized by hopelessness, insecurity and hunger as portrayed in his autobiography Novel, Black Boy (1945).
This fictional slave-narrative focuses on how the apocalypses and physical violence are portrayed in the selected text. The various forms of racism and oppression and their various manifestations are identified and exemplified to show how Richard Wright has handled them in Black Boy.
Black Boy was written to expose the experience of the blacks. It also exposes the agony and confusion of the slaves. In a nutshell, black American responded to their humanity in a number of ways. The emergence of African literature reflects the centrality of writing to the project of seeking freedom and equality in the United States. Literature presented a way for the blacks to demonstrate their artistic creation and imagination though in the twentieth century,
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So he usually hides some biscuit in his pocket. Just in case he wakes up the next day and discovers there is no food in the house. He had this belief because he had been brought up in a life filled with hunger and starvation. This is justified when he says “when I am with my mother, I wake up to hunger standing beside me” (p.62)
Wright and other black characters are treated by the whites as or even worse than animals. Wright recounts how he lost his job on the basis that he called a white man by name without adding Mr. to his name. The whites deny the blacks what is considered “a white man’s job”, thereby depriving them a means of livelihood. Blacks are treated as animals even right from the time of
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