Race and Racism in B.N.M

21 Feb

Schuyler’s Black No More not only satirizes the American racism towards black people but also this obsession of the “ideal”. The protagonist and later every black man and woman, is looking for the ideal “race” that is the White. Through a successful scientific transformation, “blackness” is turning into “whiteness”. This “race hysteria” caused turmoil and chaos in the Southern societies. There is a social, economical, industrial and political disruption that needed to be fixed.

However, this transformation allowed more “interracial relationships” to occur. Marriages and motherhood have been affected by this racial change phenomenon. People’s mentality and attitude towards this issue of race has changed dramatically throughout the novel. What is a “pure” race? When getting a white skin does that mean that person belongs to the white race? Can black people with white skin claim the “ideal race”? Would the society accept and embrace this racial revolution as a “social need” to fix the racial problems inside the country? People are taking risks just to get white, does it worth it?

Actually when focusing on racial issues brought up in the novel, one also can notice the important call for both social reform and moral growth. What important is not your skin color but your morals and pride of your own race no matter how people see you but how you see yourself through your own race. Eventually, people realized the mistake of changing one’s color that would only eliminate that color or unify all colors. Yet, it can’t fix the racial problems exampled in prejudice and stereotypes that have been built a long time ago. The more we desire equality among races, the more brutal and unsatisfying results we gain. It’s a manipulation of minds and souls not more. Nothing is changed or will change regarding one’s race because a color change means nothing but a color just changed! That is my opinion.

One Response to “Race and Racism in B.N.M”

  1. Dr Lothian February 21, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

    “The more we desire equality among races, the more brutal and unsatisfying results we gain”
    – Do you think Schuyler is making a case against desiring equality altogether? He’s certainly making a scathing critique of both racism and several kinds of anti-racist campaigning; do you think there are any points within the satire where we might see Schuyler looking for some way to seek a greater degree of inequality in spite of it all?

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