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Creative Nonfiction Post #4

In “Notes of a Native Son”, the narrator has an interesting relationship with his father. His father, who is an African American preacher, appears to be quite racist and wary of black people. On the other hand, his son, who is the narrator, does not seem to hold these same beliefs and seems to have no problems interacting with white people while he is still a kid. It is only when he gets older, after moving away to college, that he experiences a larger amount of racism coming from white people and causes him to develop some hatred towards them like his father did. The story takes place a little before or during the civil rights movement and the narrator describes race riots that occur in Harlem. His father’s death causes him to realize, particularly during the speeches made about him during his funeral, that his father was not only a hateful man. He was also a Christian and had a good side to him. I think the narrator wants to exemplify these good traits of his fathers’ in the end by saying that he wants to fight against injustice but not through over overpowering and he also says he doesn’t want to simply hate white people.

In ” “Shul/School”, the narrator is bi-racial and has a white, Jewish mother and a black father. The narrator seems to have an interesting childhood growing up because his mother makes him and his siblings go to all-white, primarily Jewish public schools and she has to defend her unique family from the ugly stares of racism. The narrator seems to be ashamed of his white mother when he is a kid because “black power” during the 60’s was in and his mother represents the white elite and not someone who is black. He wishes his family was all one race because he finds it difficult to negotiate between the two races. At the end, he mentions how he is grateful today for being brought within two worlds and his mother’s strong will to fight against ignorance leaves them with the desire to see all people united under one God.

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~ by papoufruit on February 11, 2014.

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