Urban Rage In Bronzeville Analysis

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Within The Ballad Of Rudolph Reed, the poem implies that racial discrimination frequently befalls many African Americans and they try desperately to overcome these stereotypes to no avail. Racial violence occurs towards African Americans and they try desperately to protect themselves from that. The violence often leads they to becoming complete opposites of themselves when falling into desperation to protect themselves and others. Racist views and actions trap many African Americans in a vicious cycle of failing to fight the battle against discrimination despite standing their ground. Many confrontations against slavery ultimately lead to death and many would rather let their spirit to die inside than their lives. Violence towards African Americans…show more content…
But all he faces is injustice and accusations. Taylor states that the poem shows the true audacity of Reed’s death. It is true example of the unjust violence many Black families faced and had to endure to receive the rights they should never had been denied. Rudolph Reed only tries to defend his right of housing only to be punished with the terrible violence of racist whites that resulted in his unfair death. The terrible violence shone to Reed often fuels the fire of the need to defend one’s rights and thus causes many to stand up and fight. But this led to no change in the situation and blacks still struggled to stand against the discrimination The terrible violence faced by African Americans often led to dramatic changes in character and choices. In Urban Rage In Bronzeville: Social Commentary In The Poetry Of Gwendolyn Brooks by B.J. Bolden, the author addresses Rudolph Reed’s character and morals: Rudolph Reed was oaken. His wife was oaken too. And his two good girls and his good little man Oakened as they grew. The first of dual implications of “oaken” initially delineates only the racial classification of Reed and his “dark” family, yet by stanza five a second concept is evident (376). The innate qualities of the oak tree--the strength, endurance, and perseverance in the face of adversity--characterized Reed, who announces that he will “fight” for his home when he finds it (377). And in stanza seven, the real estate agent, with a creeping awareness, reassesses Reed’s
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