October 27, 2014
Essay 2_ Final Draft
We all come from different place and backgrounds, with different stories to tell. Baldwin entitled his novel “Notes to a Native Son” because he was inspired by his mentor Richard Wright. A Native Son is someone who was born in a particular place. The struggles of everyday life they face being from a certain area. The cause and effect of their action making them a native to were there from. Baldwin lost his father at the age of 19 years old. His mother was about to have a baby at the time. And this was also a time were riots evolved in Detriot and Harlem area. Baldwin left home and began work in a defense plant in New Jersey, he did not return home till he received the new of his father’s dying and the expectation of a new sibling. On the day of his father’s funeral Baldwin was very drunk and making plans on how he would celebrate his birthday. Baldwin can only recall one conversation he had with his father, but he does remember his father’s favorite scripture; “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” Baldwin’s father hated white people and Baldwin tried to look at racism in a different perspective. He sees the racial riots as a fitting symbol that caused the end of his father, and somehow he can see the hand of God in the situation. Baldwin states “I am the voice of all African American all over….” He is reluctant to grieve, he would rather write than preach. He is the act against segregation and discrimination.
I am a native Daughter of my time because of my background and where I come from. No my life story is not long and trying like Baldwin, but we share the experience of race that has shifted
our mind set over time. Growing up being a native to the Caucasian neighborhood and society, but being African American was an experience in itself. Throughout my life I have always attended private schools with Caucasian children. So I have been a customs to a...
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