Ralph Ellison Battle Royal Character Analysis

Often people in society blame others for non acceptance, when in reality they are inflicting their own struggles upon themselves. As of 2016 there are approximately 325,719,178 people in America-- 126,053,322 non white Americans compared to 199,656,856 white Americans (“Quickfacts”). Based on the statistics, there isn’t a huge gap between the numbers of non white and white Americans in the United States. Nowadays the United States has become a very diverse mixing pot of cultures. Which allows for people to fit into different groups.
The short story “Battle Royal” by Ralph Ellison is a chapter out of the book Invisible Man. This book was published in 1952 and set in Harlem, New York in the 1930s, protagonist “Invisible Man” struggles to find
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The short story unnames black man states, “I felt superior to them in my way, and I didn't like the manner in which we were all crowded together in the servants' elevator. Nor did they like my being there” (Ellison). In this moment, the unnamed black man is feeling a sense of internalized racism. This is when people of color feel hatred for people of their own skin color because of what society has taught them about people of color. The unnamed black man story is just like any African American in today's …show more content…
Derrick Bell was the first African American Harvard Law Professor. Bell states in the book that African Americans put it upon themselves to feel separated. However, Bell also states that racism is just as bad or worse than it was in the 1800s (Bell, et al.). African American feel as if they are the black sheep, but there doesn’t have to be a black sheep. However, if we allow ourselves to separate from everyone else, we will never find our place in society. Ellison uses the unnamed narrator to show how black individuals over time had developed a sense of internalized racism because of white society. Internalized oppression happens in the same cultural group. The effects of internalized racism on a black community is the worst. Which allows for them to self-segregate into groups: poor neighborhoods, less money, poorer academic, and a less graduation rate. Which proves that African Americans that suffer from internalized racism separate themselves from everyone else. This makes it harder for them to feel as they fit into

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