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Throughout the book it is obvious that Wright has a struggle with the ideology of racism, as a child it didn't really exist to him, "Though...[Wright] had long known that there were people called "white" people, it had never meant anything to [him]...they were merely people like other people..." (23). This shows that as a child Wright, like many others were anonymous to the ideology of racism, and because of this ignorance, many things to Wright didn't make sense because his judgment was coming from that of an individual who was ignorant to the insidious effects of racism. An example of Wrights judgment differing from that of an individual who was well aware of racism and its biases is when Wright is informed that a "black" boy was severely beaten by a "white" man. almost instantly Wright assumes that the man is the boy's father and sees nothing wrong, but after his mother tells him that the man and boy has no relations Wright is left baffled and has more questions about the "white" people (23-24). In that situation Wright looked for the most logically explanation, but racism is not logical at all it cause people to do things irrationally and on impulse, Wright's child mind is struggling to make sense of this because it is unlike what he has normally had to deal with. Another struggles that Wright had to deal with is when he was going to speak in front of his school for graduation and his principal expects him to recite the speech that the principal wrote saying, "You're going to speak to both white and colored people that night" (174). Wright doesn't really understand why he was given this honor if it's not really him speaking, he doesn't understand what would be wrong with him creating and reciting his own speech. In actuality it was probability the principal afraid that Wright would say something that would offend the "whites" and it was bad at this time to offend…...

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