Racism and the American Dream

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Racism And The American Dream Throughout History
Throughout history many people in school, or even in general get bullied by racist remarks or are to the mercy of Racism. In the past there has been many incriminating laws, like the Jim Crow laws that would handicap the African American population. The American Dream also came through history by people trying to get a better lifestyle. In the novel Black Boy by Richard Wright, Richard the main character or protagonist has a stereotype from being black that he is loud, obnoxious and stupid. Richard in the novel is also trying to succeed in achieving a better lifestyle or standard of living a.k.a obtaining the American Dream. In Huckleberry fin, Jim and Huck try and achieve the American dream by leaving the south to pursue a better life, because life as a slave and life to an abusive father are not very promising. In their adventure they have to overcome to mighty racism that Jim has to overcome to free his family. In the Great Gatsby, there isn’t as much racism in the roaring 20’s as there is discrimination to the different classes. Which is basically just racism to the poor. In the Novel by F. Scott. Fitzgerald, he writes about the different parts of the cities, between west egg and east egg and the standard of living.

racism, which dates back to as far as the 1600’s. “It may be defined as the hatred of one person by another, or the belief that another person is less equal because of skin color, language, customs, place of birth or any factor that supposedly reveals the basic nature of that person. It has influenced wars, slavery, the formation of nations,” One of the most popular acts of racism was the enslavement of Africans in America. This racism was a result of the racist belief that black Africans were less human than white people. And in black boy, Richard had to overcome being treated just like a black boy despite his peoples past.

As stated before, racism is not something that...
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