Essay on The Thing That Strikes Me About All Of These Passages

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The thing that strikes me about all of these passages is how they all have insight to how black people were treated and how they lived, both before and after slavery. These passages work together show how slavery is the cause for all of the dislike and disgust of the black race and everything relating to it. They build upon each other to show the negative connotation associated with the race, and show that the negativity is directly linked to slavery.
Color Complexity gives insight on how people with white skin are better than people with darker skin. It emphasizes how much positivity is directed to people with lighter skin and the rewards they reap, which can range from higher wages, getting better jobs to having more confidence and having a greater sense of purpose. Lighter skinned people, are deemed “better” than their darker skinned peers, which corroborates the idea that the reason of this concept is in play now is derived from treatment that was given to the slave population in the south. This idea is also found in Edward Ball’s writing as well. This passage emphasizes how the white slaveholders were viewed in a very positive light, using words like “proud” and “serene”, while the slaves were described as “half human” and “taboo”. The two works build off of each other to give insight on how different groups were treated. While Ball wrote Slaves in the Family about the slaves, Color Complexity is a relatively recent piece of writing that uses…

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