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Essay on Racism

September 3rd, 2009 No comments

Racism has occurred throughout the centuries. It comes in many different forms and acts but they fall under mental or physical. The best example of racism is against the African-American race. Blacks have been discriminated against severely throughout the Civil War period and the 1950’s and 1960’s. Royal Battle tells the small story of racism in its mental and physical forms.

Ralph Ellison is a prime example of how racism is towards the one discriminated against. Ellison’s incident is one that shows the physical side of racism more than the emotional. The rounding up off the blacks to entertain for the white’s around the ring shows the superiority and inequality of the society. It shows how the blacks have little status and how they have to work hard and like animals to get some cash. The whites on the other hand have money, throw it around like it grows on trees, and treat the blacks as though they are not even human beings.

Furthermore, as the chapter progresses along with the fight things start to get more brutal. They begin to blindfold all of the black men in the ring and they throw them all in there at once. They then begin to gang up on each other while the whites are looking on as though it was a dogfight, yelling at them and showing them complete disrespect. After they gang up on one man they then turn to the next until there are only two people left in the ring, Ellison and Tatlock who is the biggest man in the ring. They are then forced to fight until one of them knocks the other out and gets the prize. Read more…