Black Black Boy Black Boy Black Boy relates to those blacks that had to go through the struggle that Richard Wright had to go through. For example: finding jobs, fitting in with other people, and mostly trying to make sure they do what the whites wanted them to do. Richard Wright wants us to learn how the blacks had to fight for their lives in the South under the control of the whites. One example that shows how much hate the whites had towards the blacks was when Richard? s aunt came over one night with her new husband, and said that they had to move North because they were being followed by whites (Wright 77). This shows that the whites continually harassed the blacks and the only way for Richard? s uncle to survive was to move away. Richard has also witnessed some terrible events that had happened to blacks while working at his job in the clothing store.
The owner of the store and his son dragged one black woman through the store. She was also beaten very badly for not paying her bills. Other white people witnessed this scene, but did nothing in their power to stop it (Wright 198-199). The treatment the blacks received was far different from that of the whites. The whites loved to show how much authority they have over the blacks by beating them really badly. One day when Richard was on his way home from work, he was offered a ride form a group of white teenagers.
They had asked him if he wanted a beer and Richard replied with? no I don? t want any. ? Instead of saying? no sir? because he did not answer as he was suppose to he was hit with a whiskey bottle over the head bone of the guys and thrown off of the back of the truck (Wright 201). This shows that unless you call the whites what they want to be called or answer back to them as? no sir or? yes sir, ? then they won? t treat you with any respect at all and you might even get beaten. According to an article by Johnathon Ti love, blacks can? t afford to trust whites, but then again could whites afford to trust blacks (slavery 149). After weeks of trying to find a job Richard Wright finally heard of one. He was going to be working for this white woman in her home.
His duties were to chopping wood, scrubbing floors, doing dishes and cleaning the yard. He would work morning evenings and all day Sunday. Richard? spay was that he got two dollars a week and he got breakfast and dinner. Before the white woman even hired she asked him if he had ever stolen.
What kind of question was that was it because I was black, Richard thought in his head? He worked there for one day and the next day he didn? t even show up (Wright 160-161). This shows that the whites have no trust in the blacks. How could most even get a job if the whites had no belief in them. Wright was getting tired of the way he was getting treated in the South so he finally decides to move to the North. After saving up Richard finally comes up with enough money to move to the North. When he gets there he finds out that white sin the North are a lot nicer to blacks than in the South (Wright 229).
This shows that people are not the same everywhere you. There are actually whites that weren? t as mean as the ones that were in the South. Richard Wright wanted to read Mencken? s books, but never could because he wasn? t allowed to go into the library. He talked to a man that he worked with who liked blacks and told him he wanted to read Mencken? s books. The white man agreed to let Wright forge anote allowing him to check out books at a white only library. He got Mencken? books, after reading his books Wright thought that his? irreverence and mockery on human authority gave him a new outlook on things? (unger 475).
In my opinion, I think that in a world filled with hate because of skin color and discriminated against everyday I could not get enough courage to walk to the one who kills my people and forge their signature on a note so I could get a book. Especially everything that Richard has gone through with white people an dhow they treated him, but Wright was very determined to figure out why everything was the way it was. Mostly how the whites had so much hate and power over the blacks.