Reading Richard Wright

Options for black masculinity

  • (200): quote about humanity (criminal/second-class citizen)
  • Wright wants self-worth
  • Griggs trying to teach Wright how to conform (184)
  • His father, Uncle Tom, the man w/o fingers, his grandfather, Griggs, Uncle Hoskins, Bob

Quest for authenticity vs. playing a role

  • Valedictorian speech (ch. 8): “going to do things my way”
  • Griggs

Realities of Jim Crow and the threat of white violence

  • (148)–working for white families–learning the “white world”
  • (179)–woman is beaten
  • white boys in truck/white police officer

Alienation and Isolation




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