Racism in Different Forms
These two stories have to do with a great deal of racism and ignorance within American culture along with culture around the world. To give a quick overview into the two books The Bluest Eye takes place during the 1940’s during a time of great racism and hatred toward African-American and minority culture as a whole. To make matters even worse there is racism within cultures which plays a major role in the story. While A Stranger in the Village written in 1955 depicts an African-American man moving into a village in Switzerland where some of the villagers have never seen a person of color before. This short story shows more of a culture to culture hatred and displays that many cultures were built on racism and White’s being the superior race. In these two stories Both Toni Morrison author of The Bluest Eye and James Baldwin author of A stranger in the Village have similar but different beliefs on racism in the world. Morrison talks about how racism doesn’t only happen outside, but also within one’s culture. While Baldwin talks more about how racism shaped many cultures and how this world is no longer white, and it will never be white again.
While reading through A Stranger in the Village Baldwin made it clear that racism still exists in the world and is very much a real thing. He says that being an American we don’t notice color like other countries do because we have lived alongside each other for many years. While other cultures like the little village in Switzerland “It did not occur to me-possibly because I am an American-that there could be people anywhere who have never seen a Negro.” This was culture shock to the people of the village who at first would touch his hair or skin to see what a black man felt like. Sometimes “the children would shout Neger! Neger! As I walked through the streets.” This is a direct influence of the parents of the children. Baldwin goes on to explain that “white men prefer to keep black man at a...
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