Thomas Dixon 's The Clansman And Charles Chestnutt 's Marrow Of Tradition

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Authors are not psychologist, but they have a proclivity for ascribing psychology onto their characters. Both Thomas Dixon’s The Clansman and Charles Chestnutt’s Marrow of Tradition, represent the White race in America as apprehensive to the new freedoms prescribed to Blacks. In the minds of this White demographic, as portrayed by both authors, Blacks are brutes who threaten the structure of society; they disrupt court rooms, threaten white womanhood, tote guns, etc. As a result of these grievances, segregation appears to be an apt solution by which to contain this destructive and malicious group of freedmen. In the minds of this White demographic. The rise of the Ku Klux Klan and the riot led by Captain McBane, are both executions of segregation by the White populace. This same White populace which espouses segregation and dreads politically potent Black Americans while wielding pitchforks, guns, and white sheets, also wields a giant target. A giant target that is receptive to criticism. Chest and Dixon (perhaps unknowingly) expose how inane the support of segregation is for the white populace because the impetus behind their fear of Blacks is absurd. In Marrow of Tradition, Whites vouch for segregation because Blacks are seen as belligerent and criminal: “’All [negroes] are alike,’ remarked McBane sententiously. ‘The only way to keep them from stealing is not to give them the chance. A [negro] will steal a cent off a dead man’s eye. He [Sandy] has assaulted and murdered a…

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