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Black Boy by Richard Wright
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Sep 03, 2009

really liked it
Read in September, 2009

By the second page of this book, I had formed a distaste for this little boy. I don't care what the age of the child, the frightful action of this one seemed as if it could only result from stupidity, not innocense. Shortly thereafter, his callus harming of an innocent kitten furthered my dislike. However, as a great many children do, he matured not so badly after all. I must respect Richard Wright for the honesty with which he tells his story, not leaving out those early, disturbing actions which do not win the hearts of readers. As always, the life of the blacks in the "Jim Crow" south is disturbing and depressing, but this tale also gives the reader an insight into the struggles between the blacks themselves as far as outlook, ambition and acceptance go. I admire Mr. Wright for, first, his inherent sense of equality and individualism, and secondly, for his determination to succeed. I found myself feeling such anger at a world of such racism that would bow down any race to the extent that the people not only live in such terror and unjust oppression but that so many suffer such defeatism as to accept it. Horror! One fault I find with Mr. Wright's account is that he seemed to have the impression that he was one of few of his kind. Perhaps his thinking wasn't what would have been considered the "norm", but I assume there must have been many more of his view and courage (Martin Luther King, Jr. might be noteworthy) or we would still be living in those dark ages. Well, so my overall conclusion is that this is a book well worth reading.
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