In fact, Bigger’s behaviour is some kind of a mirror held to the face of American society by her Black son or, in Wright‘s words, by her “native son”. Through this novel, Wright seems to be arguing that the roots of criminal and illegal activities by Blacks are in White American society and that women are abused by this society — by their own community, by their lovers, by rest of their kith and kin and by their husbands also. Women appear as victims in American society who endure pain to an unimaginable degree. The significance of Wright’s hate, repugnance and antagonism towards religion can be seen in Native Son. This novel is not only a book, but it is also some kind of a White Paper about Black experience in American society.
The main idea in the novel is the domination of blacks by the existing American standards of beauty – blue eyes, blonde hair and white skin. It deals honestly and sensitively with the damaging influence of white standards and values on the lives of black people. It demonstrates how the systems of oppression are spawned and sustained by the white supremacist and exploitative culture. The analysis of the novel brings out the implications of the imposition of white dominant culture on black sensibility. It portrays in poignant terms the tragic conditions of blacks in racist America.
Deprivation in Discrimination During the Harlem Renaissance, African American culture demonstrated literature, music, and art. It marked a movement when white America started incorporating and recognizing African Americans. However, before the Harlem Renaissance, discrimination was at its highest peak; African Americans were treated like property, and violence was used as a persuasive, and psychological technique. Individuals that were targeted had to cope mentally and emotionally due to the agony that racism caused. Conflicts were created from an individual aspect, based off of prejudicial actions or comments, causing individuals to feel harmed with trauma and pain.
Richard Wright the author of the novel Native Son shows how the accusation of rape of white women by a black man triggers hatred by white society. He uses the characterization of Bigger as a violent black male to show how whites perceive African American men. Bigger was nurtured in a society that oppressed and contributed to the circumstances he found himself in and that lead to the criminal behavior he conducted. Whites in society during that time period showed how blacks were accused of many crimes and how blacks know that even if they were to oppose that claim they will still be suspected. Buckley used Bigger’s upbringing and race as a way to highlight a reason why he made those bad choices.
“Stereotypes, they 're sensual, cultural weapons. That 's the way that we attack people. At an artistic level, stereotypes are terrible writing.” - Junot Díaz, an American-Dominican author. Stereotypes have the ability to make or break an image of any one person who fits the requirements of any single stereotype. In “Just Walk on By” by Brent Staples, Staples writes about his experiences as he tries to overcome the negative stereotype he is perceived to be as a black man in Chicago.
Dubois along with Ellison tries to demolish the negative image and arise a positive one in this novel. The notion of double consciousness emphasizes the pain of black people in a racist society. And Ellison’s invisibility is talking about race, the black race in America that has been rendered invisible because of the predominant “Euro-centric” notion of superiority. He feels that the Americans cannot see anything beyond the black skin and the only mark of distinction is the White and Black Skin. They fail to understand the fact that even the blacks are individuals and have an
Pathos was sprinkled into the essay by the authors word choice. The author chose harsh and negative words when discussing the term african americans, for example “ To term ourselves as part “African” reinforces a sad implication: that our history is basically slave ships, plantations, lynching, fire hoses in Birmingham, and then South Central” (McWhorter 306). All of the words McWhorter uses do not have a positive connotation and they tend to make the reader feel sad and guilty. The authors word choice has the ability to play with the readers emotions and urges change, which is exactly what the author is searching
Given that these words typically indicate negative denotations, it concludes that here it is contrary to what his audience perceives; for example, “victim” implies he is the perpetrator. This misrepresentation echoes throughout the essay as it exhibits irony; Brent Staples is the victim. Furthermore, the author lays out the bare facts that black men are dangerous. After
Establishment of any unethical code and custom like slavery can’t bring any fruitful basis and benefit to a society. When physical force stays behind to efface the evil and immorality of slavery from the white centered society of America, an Afro-American black writerH. B. Stowe comes forward with a view to revolting against such class bigotry through her writings.Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852),an anti-slavery novel and an agent of social change, explores the stumpy and angst-riddenslave-life of the blackpeople in the 19th century American society. Frederic Douglas (1818-1895),an African-American renowned writer and critic, highly hails the novel as an addressed to the soul of universal humanity. According to Stowe “enslaving of the African race is a clear violation of the great law which commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves” (Stowe 623).
One of the biggest atrocities during the apartheid, at the result of segregation, was the Bantu Education Act. This had one of the biggest implications from the psychological damage occurred by the apartheid to a countless number of communities. The Bantu Education Act was produced to, “serve the labor needs of the capitalist class and to reinforce ethnic divisions among Africans. With the intent to “retribalize”, which would result in fragmenting communities deterring the development of African nationalism (Kallawau, 1986)”. It was aimed to internalize false ideologies of race and racial domination for those who it affected, and further the economic inequalities.