Essay on Black Boy By Richard Wright

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Black Boy Research Paper

Richard Wright was born after the Civil War, but before the Civil Rights Movement. Wright spoke out about the problems that he and other black people faced through his writing. Black Boy, his autobiography, was about the hardships he faced growing up as a black boy in America what happened to the people around him. If he were to write a novel titled Black Boy today, he would write about police brutality towards black people, how white people treat white privilege, and the “thuggification” of black people in the media.

In Ta-Nehisi Coates article, “Nonviolence as Compliance,” Coates argues that officials that are calling for calm at the Baltimore riots can’t offer rational justification for Freddie Gray 's death so they appeal for order. He claims that the reporters are only reporting about the riots happening, yet no one is focusing on why the riots are happening. He develops this claim by first pointing that the people in Baltimore do not regard the police with respect and admiration, but with fear and caution due to police brutality. Furthermore, Coates argued that the police are calling for calm now, nevertheless there was no call for calm when Freddie Gray had his spine severed due to police brutality, or when so many other black people were murdered and assaulted due to police. Coates purpose is to call out the police and reporters making it seem as if these people killed due to police “deserved it’ because they, and the people protesting,…

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