Lesson 1 (from "The Ethics of Jim Crow," Part 1)
Wright complains to his mother that some white children threw a broken bottle at him. His mother beats him until he promises never to again mess around with white people. This lesson teaches Wright to detest his cinder yard, which before he had not thought of as mean or poor. He also learns to think of well-kept, green yards as symbolic of the white people he now fears.
The aim of this lesson is to examine the problems caused by hate and fear.
1) Class discussion. Why do the students think Wright's mother beats Wright when he tells her about playing with the white children? How does the beating affect Wright and his ideas about white people? How does such negative influences affect a young child? Do the students think a big problem in America was that people were taught to fear and hate either white...
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