Racial Discrimination In The Bluest Eyes

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UNIVERSITY OF PUNE ABEDA INAMDAR SENIOR COLLEGE Topic: Racial Discrimination in The Bluest Eyes Paper: Fiction, IV (3.4) By: Kwran Omar Mustafa Roll NO. : 29 Email: kwranmustafa@yahoo.com Cellphone No: 8421783804 2011 - 2012 Introduction This paper is about the issue of discrimination on the ground of race against blacks an American novel, The Bluest eye by Toni Morrison. In the novel it is shown how blacks are treated as the Other and sub human by the American white racists during the slavery period. In the paper the racial discrimination against blacks is elucidated and illustrated by referring to some specific situations in the story of the novel. Two kinds of racial discrimination is pointed out, one is white against blacks and the second one is blacks against blacks. The paper includes two sections. In the first section a short general background is given about the issue of racial discrimination in America. The second part is about the manifestation of racial discrimination in the novel. This section is also consists of two parts. The first part is racial discrimination against blacks by the whites while the second section is racial discrimination against blacks by the blacks. 1 - A background of racial discrimination in the United States: Racism in the United States has been a major issue ever since the colonial era and the slave era. Legally sanctioned racism imposed a heavy burden on Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latin Americans. European Americans (particularly Anglo Americans) were privileged by law in matters of literacy, immigration, voting rights, citizenship, land acquisition, and criminal procedure over periods of time extending from the 17th century to the 1960s. Perhaps the most prominent and notable form of American racism began with the
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