If you’re confused and didn’t know what that was, it’s one of Tupac’s well-remembered quotes that is relevant to America’s conversation about race relations and racism. In The Hate U Give, “THUG LIFE” is a relevant theme in the book because it represents a history of racial relations in the U.S., is related to current racial issues that still affect ethnic minorities and the effects of racial injustice towards communities of color decades later. To explain as to why “THUG LIFE” is a relevant theme in The Hate U Give is because it is a representation of a history of racial relations in the United States.
Richard Wright in his novel, “Native Son” introduces Bigger Thomas and details his life as a black man living in what he calls a white world. Here he voices how the black people were oppressed and the white people were the oppressors. In this novel Bigger experienced this oppression and racism first hand and it was all that he knew growing up in Chicago in the 1930’s. Wright expresses that he is full of shame as to living conditions of his family, he is full of fear of the white world he is living in, and full of fear for the future. I feel that Wright successfully allows the reader to see the life and struggles of an African American in Chicago in the 1930’s.
The woman turned on her heel and pointed her finger in my face. “I would never say thank you to a child.” She sneered at me – a puffy-faced kid with watering eyes.” During her childhood, she was judged by diverse students in her school because she’s a southerner. “They called me stupid – slow.
Not only had I been so conditioned that I did not desire it, but the fulfillment of such an ambition was beyond my capabilities. Well-to-do Negroes lived in a world that was almost as alien to me as the world inhabited by whites” (Wright 147). This line conveyed both how African Americans were conditioned to not strive or reach for something that they wanted because they would be shot down or told that they wouldn’t be able to do it. Some themes presented in this passage was the idea of identification and both rejection as young African American male. With that in mind, Wright often infuses literary guides that show a sneak peek into his environment and life as a young man.
As the keloid scar is as much a part of the black person— a wound transformed into a person’s body image, so pains of their past, most notably slavery, is a part of the African-American— being transformed from African to
But a very large number of Americans will do all they can to preserve the Dream” (Coates 33). He believes that it is not necessarily all intentional, just whites being stuck in the mindset of how they think America needs to operate, which unfortunately does not always take black rights into consideration. By launching into anecdotes about his own discovery of the brutally honest Malcolm X, the readers are able to better understand where his ideas of human selfishness exacerbate the issue of
Both are afraid and feel as if they don’t possess what it takes to fight back and truly be seen. However, the narrator from Black Boy seems to be more hopeful than the narrator from the Invisible Man about finding the confidence to step out of their invisibility. Although these stories took place in the 20th century, some of the issues they faced are still prevalent today. Black people in America are still being marginalized and discriminated against. In telling their stories, the authors demonstrate the need for change and the need for
Reverberating the speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. of the Civil Rights movement, Black Lives Matter calls for further equity, attempting to deconstruct institutional racism in America. The revival of movements for black empowerment has brought back a civil unrest to the public that needs answers. The presence of racism never left America, it hid in the shadows and stayed silent for decades. For these reasons, in order to fully stop racism in America, the public must be ready to awaken itself to a reality of negligence. Silence allowed ignorance, but with the rise of social media and technology, America at large can no longer keep its eyes closed and must confront the issue at
Literally it was a barrier where African Americans felt they could never truly be comfortable and express themselves. Additionally, white Americans also had a veil where they found difficulty in seeing blacks as whole Americans. They believed themselves to be superior in all facets of society such as predominance in belief systems and history. They viewed other races as inferior and dehumanised them.
Asagai also wants to share his culture and try to convert other assimilated blacks like Beneatha to support his traditional Nigerian culture. This is very controversial, especially since Nigerian culture is commonly thought to be constructed on living in “grass huts”. Like the Youngers, Asagai is fighting against the common black culture of Chicago and wishes for more blacks to embrace what he sees as the true culture of the blacks. The only person who really wants to embrace the black culture that Asagai professes is Beneatha and even she has misconceptions of what Nigerian culture truly is. This shows that the culture of the blacks’ ancestry has been forgotten and has not been taught.
Lynch stated, “Shave off the brute 's mental history and create a multiplicity of phenomena of illusions, so that each illusion will twirl in its own orbit...”. He worried that if African Americans went back to their roots and discovered where they came from they would begin to see the evils that the whites put upon them. For very few this has been the case. They’ve discovered their African roots and cultivate them in their lives daily. However, the majority still fail to realize the importance of their true culture.
I believe that the African American’s history should be highlighted as much as the white person’s; there should not be any erasure of their culture. This includes everything they’ve been through, like the harsh treatment they have received from the white American. Students should not be given a false or bias view of the African American. They should not be generalized as a people, when they have all gone through different experiences. At the end of
A common question arises in philosophy: are people born good or evil? Many believe that humans have an innate desire to exclude minorities and discriminate against people different from them. Although discriminatory trends are prevalent in society, who’s to say whether it is an inborn or an externally imposed tendency? In her short story “Brownies” ZZ Packer intersperses exposition to show that people are not inherently racist but become this way as a result of experience and communal self-reinforcement; as children lose their innocence, so too do they lose their tolerance. Racism is a learned attribute.
I support both Richard Wright’s and Dubois’s perspectives. From my understanding, I saw both literature pieces describing the importance of African American self-expression in both art and propaganda. I believe the goal of both literature pieces were to explain the importance of expression in a society that hushed the African American and forced them to fill a stereotype that was mentally enslaving the creative minds of writers and artists. I personally support both of the author’s standpoints because neither Wright nor DuBois blamed any race in particular. Instead, the authors portrayed “a society in need of recalibration”, or in other words, everyone had to change.
In Chapter 1 and 2 of “Creating Black Americans,” author Nell Irvin Painter addresses an imperative issue in which African history and the lives of Africans are often dismissed (2) and continue to be perceived in a negative light (1). This book gives the author the chance to revive the history of Africa, being this a sacred place to provide readers with a “history of their own.” (Painter 4) The issue that Africans were depicted in a negative light impacted various artworks and educational settings in the 19th and early 20th century. For instance, in educational settings, many students were exposed to the Eurocentric Western learning which its depiction of Africa were not only biased, but racist as well.