Social Inequality In Notes Of A Native Son By James Baldwin

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Throughout today’s multicultural society, individuals identify themselves within their class, race, and most importantly their culture. The African American race has been experiencing social inequalities for decades due to the signs of disappointment, hopelessness, and grief that come with the race they were born into, and raised under. With the shortage of jobs opportunities in twentieth century, come tension between the families in each of the urban communities. In James Baldwin’s piece “Notes of a Native Son” he starts his piece off by explaining how his father had died the day of his birthday during a massive race riot. This tragic event led to Baldwin presenting the conflict that African American families had been facing against the white …show more content…
Baldwin’s father constantly warned him that “my white friends in high school were not really my friends and that I would see, when I was older, how white people would do anything to keep a Negro down. Some of them could be nice, he admitted, but none of them were to be trusted and most of them were not even nice.” (Baldwin 591) This aspect of Baldwin’s life occurs during the time that his father was laid off from his job and was seeking assistance from the Baldwin’s white teacher. No matter how much assistance she provided the family, Mr. Baldwin refused to give that woman the trust she deserved. However, Baldwin does defend his father in the manner that he understands why his father does not trust the white teacher because in the father’s eyes, it seems as if it was the Negros versus the world. And having that mentality made it difficult to have the ability to trust any of them, including the white students that Baldwin was educated with. Furthermore, Author Azar defends this belief by providing a study that expresses a theory that children that are parented in a certain manner excel further. “In a study that targeted parents whose children were about to enter school, they found that improving either parenting practices or the marital relationship had a significant effect one, two and then four years later …show more content…
After his father had past and he had become a man and had a family to raise. Baldwin too the responsibility to put food on the table for his family and would do so by working his hardest at his job, no matter which one it was. “I was fired once, and contrived with the aid of a friend from New York, to get back on the payroll; was fired again, and bounced back again. It took a while to fire me for the third time, but the third time took.” (Baldwin 592) Baldwin’s identity was shaped by his father, this was the one of the very limited lessons he took from his father’s lifestyle. His father was constantly wrapped up in his pride and respect in himself in his family. He was always put down as a Negro but always found his way back to his feet. Which is the identity that Baldwin adapted from him, no matter what circumstance or obstacle he always found another job and never gave

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