The Danger Of Having Been Black Essay

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The Danger Of Having Been Black. Essay, Research Paper Maya Angelou, the famous author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, has written through this book her autobiography and a look at the segregation in the early years of 1930’s. On page 187 of that book she has written that: ” It seemed terribly unfair to have a toothache and a headache and have to bear at the same time the heavy burden of blackness.” Earlier in her childhood she suffered and learned from the grievance of certain white people in the south part of United States of America. At Stamps where she was raised by her grandmother, as a child she was affected by racism and those who preached it. She could not even believe they were human or real. She had lived it and had some terrible experiences from it.

However, back in California, where she was born she understood the segregation with a certain realism. Sometimes I explain to myself that the history ofsegregation could not be otherwise. It would have been difficult for the master to accept equality with the former slave. However, the way that Maya has described the situation in the book tells how horrible it was at that time. First of all, growing up black and female as she said was very painful. At Stamps, where as a child she was raised, the first act that made her burst in tears was when the three little powhitetrash girls were mocking Momma her grandmother. They were calling her by the first name instead of the last name. ” Bye, Annie.” Although, they were living on her own land, they did not hesitate to show their

impudence to the owner because they were white. They were as poor as, and even poorer than Momma, but their skin made the difference. How can I imagine that only because I am black, I could not take just a little look at beautiful white girl? Then, the black area of Stamps became so scary knowing that ” the boys “(The members of the KKK, Ku Klux Klan) will be around later. They pretended that a negro had ” messed with a white girl “. And whenever that happened, all the negroes were like on death row. It was very awful, at that age, two children were not only suffering from segregation, but they understood the situation also. How can I imagine that Bailey and Maya were scared whenMomma sent them to the white area to buy stuff. Should two little children be scared of other

human because of their identity. That situation explains clearly why the black people, in their revival meetings expressed their anger and hatred. And it could not be otherwise. Imagine that someone one day decides to change my name for the easiness of her pleasure. Mrs Cullinan, one of the characters of this book was the first Maya’s employer and from whom she had a bad experience. one day, while she was talking with her friends and to please them Margaret became Mary. ” What’s your name girl?” Asked the ladies. And Mrs Cullinan said. “She doesn’t talk much. Her name’s Margaret.” ” Is she dumb? ” ” No. As I understand it she can talk when she wants to, but she’s usually quiet as a little mouse. Aren’t you Margaret? ” And they said. ” Well, that may

be ,but the name’s too long. I’d never bother myself. I’d call her Mary if I was you.” I wonder how someone just for her will and her colleagues’ decided to change my name. In some ways my name is my identity or myself. your name is the first record that tells you exist. I asked myself how someone dares to take liberties into someone else’s identity. I was thinking after reading the book, how that would be if Cullinan became Cull! I presume that Maya would be in her tomb already. I believe that America is looking up today comparatively to what happened early in the years 1930s and 1940s.This explains that Martin Luther King did not fight for no reason. Though, the idea dwells again in certain minds, the law has forbidden any of some kinds of behavior. I wonder, how