Discrimination In Richard Wright's Black Boy

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Discrimination
In the past, discrimination and injustice towards African Americans was a regular thing. In the book Black Boy, Richard Wright talks about his real life story and what he did in order to survive, and make it to the North. In the book Black Boy by Richard Wright, Richard realizes that he has to act as if he is inferior to whites and he has to be cautious of his actions and what he says in order to survive in the south Richard at first doesn’t understand why he is a minority and wants to revolt, but he realizes he has to deal with it to survive.
Richard at first doesn’t understand why he is a minority and wants to revolt, but he realizes he has to deal with it to survive. In the book when Richard is working in the Eyeglass shop,
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When Richard is working in an eyeglass shop and he learns that the workers want them to fight for money Richard says, “I’d feel like a dog...To them were both dogs….Yes, I admitted I wanted to hit him” (Lee 241). This shows the extent of how bad richard was treated and how well Richard tolerated the abuse. This also shows that to a point richard is treated like a nonhuman or a tool for entertainment. When Richard was borrowing books from the library planning to run to the North a man said to Richard “The North is no good for your people, boy”(Lee 256). This shows that people didn't even want the best for Richard and they would rather have him trapped. This also shows that Richard changed from being dependent on his family to leaving a part of the country by himself in search for a better future. When Richard is out on his own he came to the conclusion that he would leave the south anyway he can. During the time Richard was alive, there was a lot of discrimination and in the book it shows how Richard copes with the discrimination. As seen in the book, Richard has to hide his emotions and feelings because if he didn't behave like a “black boy”, he could possibly be beaten or killed. To summarize the book, Richard life story explains in a first-person view the discrimination and social injustices African Americans went through during Richard’s

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