“There are hundred of races in the world. Unfortunately, for as long as human have existed, we have enslave those weaker, of those we perceived to be weaker than ourselves”(thinkquest). Racism is everywhere, and we often see it on the streets and schools. There are many short stories and poems that are termed as racist. “On Being Told I Don’t Speak Like a Black Person” by Allison Joseph, “ Sonny’s Blue” by James Baldwin, and “ Blink Your Eyes” by Sekou Sundiata are renaissance works that show the issues of racism that black people had lived and are still living today.
In “On Being Told I Don’t Speak Like a Black Person” by Allison Joseph, the author tells the story about a young Negro whose mother received brutal treatment in her school in England. In the beginning, Allison says: “Emphasize the “h”, you hignorant ass”(557). This shows that the “h” is sarcastic, and the “tone condescending intensifies racism”(Caroline). They might have used the emphasis of “h” to humiliate the negro, to make them feel bad about their skin color, and to show the negro that they cannot fit in the white society even if they become educated. Negros have suffered horrible experiences. Allison wrote about the way teachers treated Negro in school. She says: “ …teachers slapped her open palm with a ruler in that Jamaican schoolroom”(557). Allison’s mother lived under a white teacher’s pressure, and the teachers showed this negra that she will never learn how to speak like the whites, and they can spank her because she is black, and blacks cannot do anything against the teachers because the whites have the power and the Negro is a submissive servant. In addition, Allison also shows her own life in the United States.
Allison is a black person living in the United States, and she sees people discriminating her because she does not act like a black person. Allison writes: “ And I didn’t sound
like a Black American,
college acquaintance observed,...
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Joseph, Allison. “ On Being Told I Don’t Speak Like a Black Person”. Approaching Literature. Peter Schakel and Jack Ridl – New York Bedford and Martin’s, 2008.
Baldwin, James. “ Sonny’s Blue”. Approaching Literature. Peter Schakel and Jack Ridl – New York Bedford and Martin’s, 2008.
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