Richard Wright’s “Black Boy” and the Discovery of Racial Awareness


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Richard Wright’s Black Boy, and the Discovery of Racial Awareness
The personal journey of Richard Wright from his birth in 1908 until his death in 1960 involved the search for liberty. First through the racism he faced in the Jim Crow South, and after through the prejudice he experienced in the Communist Party of Chicago, Richard Wright discovered the very worst of injustice. However, in his eventual triumph over these forces, Wright shows that awareness of race and awareness of class lines is one step towards gaining awareness of freedom. In Richard Wright’s Black Boy, the central character demonstrates an evolution of racial awareness, ultimately resulting in his understanding of his own right to freedom.
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.....arred from too many times in life when he has been punished because of his race. Ultimately, Wright recognizes that it is through education that he can achieve a freedom both from discrimination because of his race, and discrimination against him because of his class.
Richard Wright travels from mental and practical enslavement to liberation. Although he struggled to form his own racial identity, he is ultimately able to accept his race, and not feel that he is racially inferior. It is not an easy journey, but a journey that had to have been taken for him to fully understand the importance of freedom, and the importance of self respect.
Works Cited:
Bloom, Harold. Richard Wright's Black boy. New York: Bloom's Literary Criticism, 2010. Print