Damned By It or Is One Able to Grow Strength From It?<br />Being Black in AmericaBy Brandon Smith<br />
Message Before Going Forward<br />This research paper was meant to push the boundary<br />Race is a very sensitive topic in America, but that does not mean that it should not be addressed<br />I felt driven to go with this topic, because I, myself, am a young, African-American man, a soldier, a husband and a father of two sons<br />
The Ethnocentric Idea of Whites Being Superior to Blacks<br />Blacks are denied entrance into <br />certain places and blacks were <br />also sent to go through alternate <br />entrances separate to whites<br />Blacks were even denied into going into the same restrooms as whites; it is like as if being black <br />was contagious. <br />
Diving into blacks being frustrated with segregation and racism<br />Two poems that demonstrate blacks frustrations with segregation and racism are Langston Hughes “One Way Ticket” and “Let America Be America Again.”<br />Jim Crow laws made sure to separate blacks from whites in many ways.<br />For example, in Mississippi, states were not allowed to promote equality neither in private nor in public; if someone was found doing so, they could face jail time, charged with a misdemeanor or pay a maximum fine of $500.<br />
Comparing the treatment to Jews during Hitler’s reign to blacks<br />Jews and blacks were both lynched based on their ethnicity<br />Jews were also told to sit in the back of the bus<br />Hughes poems, “America” compares blacks to Jews<br />
Theme for English B goes into trying to educate others<br />The character in Hughes poem, Theme for English B, tries to explain to the professor that ultimately the white professor will never understand what it is like to be a black man in America<br />
Blacks need to let go of the past and let the past be a stepping stone to continue forward<br />Learning to forgive what has happened to the black ancestors is healthy, but harboring and holding in resentment is a way to not get pass obstacles<br />The poems, “Mother to Son” and “Let America be America Again” allow the reader to get to a point of forgiveness and moving on. Take the past, learn from what has happened, acknowledge the past and allow that to make oneself more successful in the future.<br />
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