Besides that, Malcolm X also intended to make his life’s account as proof of some social values so that his objective reader may see how in the society to which he was exposed as a black youth. Everything is changing. The only permanent thing on Earth is changes itself. Reading the book, following the series of changes he had underwent inspired me. “My life in particular never has stayed fixed in one position for very long” he said.
Langston Hughes is an African American Poet who is very closely connected to his culture and expresses his feelings very thoroughly through his poetry in a jazz style. Langston Hughes is a modern poet who ignore the classical style of writing poetry and instead, in favor of oral and improve traditions of the Black culture. In majority of Langston’s poetry, many of his audience seems to take away a very strong message that many can apply to themselves or to others or his poems gives you an educational background of what’s going on in the African American community right now. For example, Langston Hughes writes a poetry piece called Afro American Fragment, which gives you a great breakdown of what an everyday African American person goes through considering that their whole history is basically taken away from them. Langston seems to show his audience that in books we never hear much about what contributions a African American person has done except for being brought to America and being a slave.
Malcolm x; Statement clarifies that his homemade education with every additional book he read it, gave him a sensitivity to the ignorance of African american race. Sherman Alexie; statement states him realizing that a paragraph is a fence that held words, helped him identify that his reservation, his house and each person in his family were a paragraph with its own stories. Sherman Alexie; statement describes the expectation others had on Indian children, in which they were expected to be stupid, however these children did not live to that expectation outside school. Frederick Douglass; statement explains how the books he read relived one of his difficulty, however they brought more pain than the one’s he was relieved from, because the more
Douglass claimed that although slavery was abolished, blacks were living under a different kind of slavery after the Civil war. Discrimination and racism was prominent and there were few laws enforced. “So long as discriminatory laws ensured defacto white control over Southern blacks, then ‘slavery by yet another name’ persisted. ‘Slavery is not abolished,’ he contended, ‘until the black man has the ballot’ with which to defend his interests and freedom.” (Howard-Pitney 485). Here we see Douglass using logic in order to reach his audience.
At some point in our lives, most of us have judged a book by its cover. In other words, we have held prejudice against each other based on our outward appearances, but rarely considered what lies beneath the surface. In Langston Hughes’ 1959 poem “Theme for English B”, a professor assigns a speaker, a young African-American male college student, a one-page composition in which the student can write about a topic of their choosing. The speaker chooses to write about how, despite being African-American in a mostly white class, he is simply human just like everyone else. The craft of “Theme for English B”, including the sound, rhythm, tone, form, and figurative language of the poem, demonstrate the writer’s message that despite our differences,
In James Baldwin’s essay, Stranger in the Village, he depicts a distant village that has become isolated from outsiders, however, strangers are welcome into the village. Having little distractions, Baldwin finds an ease at mind for focusing on his writing. However, being isolated does have fallbacks. For instance, upon visiting the village, the residents were so unfamiliar with African Americans, which caused many people to stop and view him. Some would put their “hand on my hand, astonished that the color did not rub off” (65).
In Ernest J. Gaines novel A Lesson Before Dying , the complex relationship between Grant Wiggins and Jefferson and their relationships between those in the black community and facing the oppression by the white citizens. Gaines wants the readers to learn from his novel that people do not have accept the way things are and make a better role for themselves in life even in the hardest circumstances. The relationship between Jefferson and Grant was a negative relationship that slowly transformed into a positive one, on both sides. Both men come from different backgrounds in the same black community and both feel the oppression by the white community. The relationship starts out with both Grant and Jefferson disagreeing with each other when they first meet but eventually coming to understand one another in the hardest of times.
I believe that Latinxs racially identify differently to many of us. The reading which examined the struggles of youth being raised in Newark, as the “Hiding Black Behind the Ears: On Dominicans, Blackness, and Haiti” and the short video of “Born American, raised Dominican, found black,” all identifies their blackness in different ways. I related a lot to the poem by Roberto Garcia “Hiding Black Behind the Ears: On Dominicans, Blackness, and Haiti”. Our stories are very similar as we came to realize our blackness after acquiring the necessary knowledge and having to analyze our surroundings and experiences. I remember growing up my family would claim Indian decent but they refused to claim any African blood flowing within their veins.
Sometimes, Douglass feels “that learning to read had been a curse rather than a blessing. It had given him a view of his wretched condition.” It is implied in the quote that reading had freed his mind from the idea of the slavery, which provided the motivation for him to escape from his master. As a slave, his aching desire to be free physically increased as he realized he was not to be benefitted in any way if he was to stay a slave. Freedom was now a concept he was introduced to, and it was something that was hard to get, discovering it only for it to disappear. Reading books taught him that slavery was something to be condemned and that human rights very much existed for everyone, not only for the white man.
Slaves were not supposed to be able to read or write and this made it hard. His mistress always got mad anytime she saw him reading. It was hard for him to accept the things he had read since they gave him more details about his race and what he was going through. Douglass learning how to read and write caused him to deal with his readings emotionally and mentally. Alexie thought that him learning how to read made him smart and he was very proud of doing so.