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Black Boy Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter 8 Summary

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Chapter 8 Summary

The lynching of a friend's brother shifts Richard's awareness of the dangers of white folk to solid knowledge of the peril they represented. Richard also discovers that members of his family have deemed him dangerous and "off limits" to his young cousins.

Richard gets a first-hand lesson in the complicity of black folks in perpetuation of Jim Crow when he refuses to read a 'safe' graduation speech written by his principal. With his graduation from grade school, Richard closes the door on the first, baffling seventeen years of his life and prepares to face the world of 1925.

Chapter 8 Analysis

The small amount of education Richard had received was still far more than most blacks of the period would think possible or permissible. The ability to read and write would offer few blacks any benefits, yielded only a few more income, and could well be the...

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