Invisible Man

Topics: African American, Barack Obama, Race, Racism, Black people / Pages: 13 (3224 words) / Published: Feb 25th, 2014
The Unsung Heroes; Inequality in the Labor Movement “We’re never so outraged as when a cabbie drives past us or the woman in the elevator clutches her purse, not so much because we’re bothered by the fact that such indignities are what less fortunate coloreds have to put up with every single day of their lives—although that’s what we tell ourselves—but because we’re wearing a Brooks Brothers suit and speak impeccable English and yet have somehow been mistaken for an ordinary nigger.” -Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

When asked if racism still exists in the world a common answer is,“No, how could we be racist when we have a black president!”, but even an extremely well educated man such as Barack Obama the President of the United States sees every form of racism on a day to day basis. Racism today is not a concept that just low class uneducated African American 's struggle with, this is a concept that everyone in the world struggles with. Racism will never be truly abolished from the world because it is a part of humanity that is instilled in us at a very young age, racism towards the “different” and the “other”. Society put a certain stereotype of each race into our minds and even if we don 't act on these thoughts. In Ralph Ellison 's “Invisible Man”, Ellison lays these questions on the table. He digs deep into the discrimination towards African Americans. “I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes in circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass. When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves or figments of their imagination, indeed, everything and anything except me.” (Ellison, 3). This quote is in the opening of the novel and could not have been said any better. Ellison coined the term “invisible” in his novel, and it becomes a theme for the rest of the novel. This directly



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