Dreams Of My Childhood Comparison Essay

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In the short story titled, “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave”, written by Frederick Douglass, the narrator experiences prejudice and racism towards him because of the color of his skin. Likewise, in the autobiography titled Dreams Of My Father, by Barack Obama, the author describes his early life growing up and how he dealt with the discrimination that he was faced with throughout his life. In both of these stories, the two writers opposed the inequality against them simply based on their skin color. Although both of the books were written from different times of history, before and after the prohibition of slavery, both of the authors believed that knowledge was power and believed that to resist against the maltreatment …show more content…
Frederick Douglass taught himself how to read and write, while Barack Obama would often read books that would explain about the white people and their culture. While talking to one of his friends, Obama explains, “And because the book teaches me things... It’s about the man who wrote it. The European...So I read the book to help me understand just what it is that makes white people so afraid. Their demons. The way ideas get twisted around. It helps me understand how people learn to hate.” (Obama 156-157). Obama wants to study the philosophy of the white man and why they are so afraid of the African Americans. Likewise, Frederick learned how to read, in doing so, he enlightened himself about slavery and explained, “I met with one of Sheridan’s mighty speeches...What I got from Sheridan was a bold denunciation of slavery, and a powerful vindication of human rights.“ (Douglass 34-35). After reading, Frederick learned about his rights and how he should not have to put up with the persecution of the white community. By reading, they learn about the ignorance that let them enable themselves to be oppressed by the white people and through this, they spread their wisdom to …show more content…
Frederick Douglass and Barack Obama both teach their fellow African Americans how to read, which rids them of the lack of knowledge that white people try to enforce on them. Obama informs the members of a poor black community that they are being ignored about by the building officials, as he states, “It was a legal notice, in small print, run in the classified section. It said that the CHA was soliciting bids from qualified contractors to remove asbestos from Altgeld’s management office. I asked the parents if any of them had been notified about potential asbestos exposure. They shook their heads.” (Obama 356-357). In doing this, Obama uncovers to the members of the community that the managers keep the buildings in poor quality. Correspondingly, Frederick Douglass teaches the African Americans who attend his Sabbath school how to read, in which he states, “I devoted three evenings in the week...several of those who came to Sabbath school learned how to read; and that one, at least, is now free through my agency.“ (Douglass 69,71). Douglass’ teachings causes his fellow African Americans to become educated about the treatment that they receive from the white people. The two narrators both resist against the white people by

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