Essay on If He Hollers Let Him Go

1509 Words Oct 15th, 2010 7 Pages
America has gone through many changes since its independence in 1776. However, as America was in the midst of its’ Second World War, it became obvious that one thing that had yet to be entirely solved, racial discrimination. In the novel, If He Hollers Let Him Go, Chester Himes creates a wide variety of characters that all have a different, but concrete, view point on race and racial discrimination. The novel is about Bob Jones, a black man, who moves to California during World War II because he is tired of the extensive racial discrimination in Ohio. Bob begins to work at Atlas shipyard, one of the many shipyards that are responsible for producing ships, which was crucial during the time of war. Bob eventually becomes a leaderman in the …show more content…
Bob believes that she would be perfect, if not for her views on the problem of race. Alice, like her mother, believes that blacks and whites should learn how to work together, and that with hard work and determination, this can be achieved. However, she is a little less ignorant than her mother. Besides the fact that she has had an easy life because she was born into a rich family, Alice has still worked hard to move herself up in her work as a supervisor. During an argument with Bob, Alice tells him, “I will admit that we are restricted and controlled in our economic security, that we have to conform to the pattern of segregation in order to achieve any manner of financial success. And I will grant you that we are subject to racial control in securing education, in almost all public facilities, welfare…that stem directly from our economy”(169). Her recognition of her racial handicap proves that she is not your typical rich girl. Gender plays a big role in Alice’s thoughts on race. When Alice and Bob get pulled over for speeding the cops give them a hard time because they are black. Alice tries to exert her status as a rich supervisor, but her efforts come to no avail. Alice tells Bob, “I wish I was a man” (64). She believed there was not a race problem in America, but a gender problem, and that she got discriminated against because she was a woman. However, the fact of the matter is that a white woman was able to get Bob, a leaderman demoted, and

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