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Life on the Color Line

Uploaded by Brown6857 on Mar 11, 2001

Life on the Color Line is a powerful tale of a young man’s struggle to reach adulthood, written by Gregory Howard Williams – one that emphasizes, by daily grapples with personal turmoil, the absurdity of race as a social invention. Williams describes in heart wrenching detail the privations he and his brother endured when they were forced to remove themselves from a life of White privilege in Virginia to one where survival in Muncie, Indiana meant learning quickly the cold hard facts of being Black in skin that appeared to be White. This powerful memoir is a testament to the potential love and determination that can be exhibited despite being on the cusp of a nation’s racial conflicts and confusions, one that lifts a young person above crushing social limitations and turns oppression into opportunity.

Williams is defiantly a man of two worlds. In one world he had promise and comfort, in the other he lived in deprivation and repression where one had to work in order to just survive. Williams’s recollection of his “life on the color line” is a unique testimonial of the life of an individual who has walked in both the shoes of a White man and then those of a Black man. His story provides examples of real life experiences and events that can further the research of social psychologists by offering insight into the understanding of many social psychological theories and concepts, such as modern racism, in-group favoritism and confirmation bias just to name a few.

From beginning to end the reader is bombarded with all kinds of racism and discrimination described in horrific detail by the author. His move from Virginia to Indiana opened a door to endless threats of violence and ridicule directed towards him because of his racial background. For example, Williams encountered a form of racism known as modern racism as a student at Garfield Elementary School. He was up to win an academic achievement prize, yet had no way of actually winning the award because “The prize did not go to Negroes. Just like in Louisville, there were things and places for whites only” (Williams, 126). This form of prejudice is known as modern racism because the prejudice surfaces in a subtle, safe and socially acceptable way that is easy to rationalize.

Another form of racism experienced by the author is blatant racism which is racism directed towards members of...

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Uploaded by:   Brown6857

Date:   03/11/2001

Category:   Literature

Length:   4 pages (983 words)

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