Black Boy By Richard Wright Essay

1304 Words May 20th, 2016 6 Pages
Although the negative impacts of racism are evident and many agree on a consensus that it hurts minorities, racism still continues to thrive today. Many African Americans and minorities are still being treated unequally, and it is clearly shown in almost every part of social media and the news. The novel Black Boy by Richard Wright visually represents the effects of racism on a black boy growing up during the 1940’s. During Wright’s time racism was considered normal on a daily basis and many African Americans including Wright himself became oppressed and had to fear death when accidentally insulting a white man or woman. Richard Wright was born after the Civil War, but before the Civil Rights Movement. If he were writing an autobiography today in 2016 about a black boy growing up in the United States, he would write about the unequal opportunities generated by white privilege, the negative effects of racial profiling on African Americans, and about the recognitions and improvements made toward racial equality for African Americans.
One issue that occurs oftenly today is the generation of unequal opportunities due to white privilege. Some examples would be African Americans who are neglected in mass social media and how African Americans have a higher unemployment rate compared to white people. According to the article titled, “The Oscars and Hollywood’s Race Problem”, by Roxane Gay, black people are underrepresented in many fields, especially the film industry. Its…

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