Negroes do not like it in any book or play whatsoever, be the book or play ever so sympathetic in its treatment of the basic problems of the race.” If true, how is Huckleberry Finn an exception? There are many accounts and complaints of white students acquiring foul racist behavior within Huckleberry Finn. One is the case of students racially abusing an African American child’s father after they have learned the novel. “...his father says, was verbally and physically abused by his white classmates after they have all read Huckleberry Finn in class.” - Nat Hentoff, Village Voice. To make the situation worse, these cases happen more than often.
A Letter to My Son Coates' letter has strong feelings towards the injustices that blacks have encountered for generations. Coates uses deep words and historical events to explain to his son what his life will be when he grow up. The fact that he decides to write this letter to his son impacts my experiences as a reader because his son is just a kid. His son does not have any knowledge of what is going around him in regards of racism because he is just a little kid. He might not understood or took it personal when a white woman pushed him and said, "Come on!"
Johnny’s father, an alcoholic who had thrown a flat-iron at his head, was clearly unsafe for Johnny to live with. As a result, Johnny had run away. After a brief stint living on a farm, Johnny returned to New York City (it is suggested that Johnny still loved his father, despite his abusive nature, prompting his return). Johnny had even tried attending school, but found it too difficult to balance homelessness with the demands school places on a person. This condemned Johnny to a life in the streets, boot blacking.
It is mainly about his relationship with his father and how after his father passed away he realized how his anger and rage, which was depicted as a disease, was legitimate. His father was a paranoid, bitter old man who had a very profound hatred of white people. He used to warn his son that they were “not to be trusted.” Baldwin never understood his father’s hatred for white people; he did not understand that because his father was of the first generation of African Americans to be free that he faced a lot of racism growing up. They never understood why this bitter old man hated the white race so much; all they knew was that his hatred consumed him so much that in the end it was what killed him. Only after his move to New Jersey did Baldwin begin to understand why his father’s hatred towards the whites was so great.
Mark Twain wrote an important example of maintaining one’s individuality in a society that does not accept it: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Growing up in the Southern United States, Twain lived with racism and slavery. He wanted to portray these inequalities which poisoned the country through the stories of a young boy in his novel, Huck. Despite the incredible controversy over his portrayal, Twain’s main character contradicted his own essay “United States of Lyncherdom” which illustrated the human instinct to fear being “pointed at, shunned, as being on the unpopular side” (Twain). As Huck confronted this instinct of others, he was able to do something most of us couldn’t - get over the selfish concern of fitting in to help someone in
Some say that “[Huckleberry Finn] promote[s] bad morals and course behavior for young people”. Huckleberry Finn is satirical, funny and stands on a thin line between anti and pro slavery. He struggles throughout the story because he cannot decide whether he would like to turn Jim in because helping a “nigger” is bad. But as the story progresses, this young pro slavery taught boy, discovers the meaning of friendship through Jim which in his time and place seems like an impossible task. Another person who argues against the works of Mark Twain is John Wallace and he felt that, “racism can only be undertaken by graduate level students”.
Erik’s choices have caused Paul to be blind, made him think himself as a coward, and weakened the friendships between Paul and Joey. When Paul was young, Erik and a friend of his put spray paint in Paul’s eyes, which left Paul a visually impaired person for the rest of his life. “And I remembered Erik’s fingers prying my eyelids open while Vincent Castor sprayed white paint into them.”(Bloor 263) Erik accused Paul of telling on the teachers and getting Castor in trouble. Erik did not stop Castor, but rather helped him. If Erik had been a good brother, this wouldn’t have happened.
First off, the boys have been already off to a bad start with the town people. According to the book it states, “They don’t like Olmstead hunters,” (Poblocki 49). This presents that if the town people had a deep hatred for this author then they would for the people who relish his books. Along with that, the town people could have had something to do with Nathaniel Olmstead’s disappearance, and there would not be a problem with them doing the same with Eddie and Harris. The town people also can see the boys are beginning to figure out the secrets and not want Eddie and Harris to know them.
He has learned from his family members, who also conceal their African heritage, that being black is undesirable, so he pretends that being Puerto Rican permits him to disregard his skin tone. In addition to altercations with outsiders, Piri also faces violence over the racial bias within his family. One day, angry at his family for denying their African ancestry, he instigates a fight with his brother José. José insists that the family is white and that their father has Indian blood, not black. The two begin to fight.
Baldwin explains his central claim when he talks about the white schoolteacher, restaurant, and the riots in Harlem. Baldwin still did not understand the concept of his father frustration on white people, but he notices hating another person or ethnicity will only destroy him. Baldwin last point is accepting another of different races should be equal and justice for all. If the society does not accept one another our world is doomed. Thus, today in society there will always be discrimination which is why race defines a person’s