Richard Wright Black Boy


By Chance Kelsey,


Richard Wright (writer and poet)

 Chance: Richard Wright was born on September 4, 1908 and he died November 28, 1960 at the age of 52 years old. Richard Wright was a famous writer, poet, novelist, and essayist Wright was one of the most famous black American writers that ever lived. Richard was born on Rucker’s plantation between located Roxie Mississippi and Natchez Mississippi, and this is why some biographer say he was born in town of Roxie, Mississippi and other biographers say he was born in Natchez, Mississippi. He wrote many essays and novels, his most famous two are books Native son and black boy.
Black boy is Richard’s person autobiography of his life as a young boy growing up in the Southern parts of the United States. He lived in the Southern States of Mississippi, Tennessee, and Arkansas but the majority of his young childhood was spent in Mississippi. Richard did not enjoy living in the racist South because of the racial tensions that whites created made life miserable for blacks.



Richard in an essay he wrote called “The Ethic Of Jim Crow,” remembers the time he accepted a ride from a Richard Wright“friendly” white man. When the white man offered him a drink of whiskey Wright politely said, “oh no.” The man punched him hard in the face and, said nigger ain’t you learned to say “sir” to a white man? The pain from the blow would pass, but the pain from N word would stay with him forever. Wright also said, that blacks were partly responsible for allowing whites to treat them the way they did. He felt that whites were guilty of racism and mistreating black people but at the same–time blacks let it continue and happen because blacks were complacent.
In 1946 at the age of 38 years old Richard moved to Paris, France and lived there until his death on November 28, 1960. He was getting ready to move to London, England when he died he had already sent his wife and two daughters to live in London, but immigration paper work held him back. He was waiting for everything to clear up so he could get his immigration visa paper approved and this is why he remained in Paris, France.


He believed that blacks suffered from cultural barrenness. In his book black boy Richard Wright wrote: I used to mull over the strange absence of real kindness in Negroes, how unstable was our tenderness, how lacking in genuine passion we were, how void of great hope, how timid our joy, how bare our traditions, how hollow our memories, how lacking we were in those intangible sentiments that bind man to man, and how shallow was even our despair." (Richard Wright’s book black boy)
Richard Wright wrote: I saw that what had been taken for our emotional strength was our negative confusions, our flights, our fears, our frenzy under pressure." (Richard Wright’s book black boy)
Many other black authors during Wright’s time and after wrote about how the black community was strong culturally, loving, kind, compassionate, united etc but Wright revealed the unpleasant side of the of black America. And he revealed the unpleasant side in his writings in the 1940s and this was a time period when a black person could be murder by a white person and the white person could easily remain or if convicted receive a lesser sentence.
A period when whites would beat, humiliate, throw racial insults publicly, rape black women, and do all kinds of evil things to blacks and get away with it.


Chance: Richard Wright deserves to be congratulated for speaking the truth about the unpleasant cultural and moral degradation that blacks allowed to run rampant among them–selves during his time period. He deserves our highest praises for also – telling the truth about how white racism and white supremacy made life miserable for blacks.
He criticized both whites and blacks for their collective character defects he did not betray blacks so he could get some benefits out of whites, and at the same–time he did not blame whites for all of the character flaws of Black America.
Wright understood that when people live in a country they influence each other in good and bad ways culturally. He traveled to Africa, South America, and Europe also Richard Wright, is the one who made the expression BLACK POWER popular. When he started saying black power the expression spread through-out America and the world.
In later generations many blacks read that expression in some books written by other writers who mentioned Wright’s black power expression. And some blacks heard other blacks saying black power so they started saying it publicly. Yes, Richard Wright may have lived his last days in Paris, France but he left a powerful impression on his fellow blacks Americans and Americans of every ethnic group.
His influence on readers even living around the world in other countries has been well documented. He was courageous and said what needed to be said to both white and black America and for those truths that you spoke regarding the relationship between black and white Americans I say that you Mr. Richard Wright.
By Chance Kelsey (Chancellor)
Written by Chance during the 21st century

  1. Yo Chance thank you for writing this on Richard Wright. Black boy is one of my favorite books of all time, as much as I respect Richard Wright I have always got the impression that he was an asswhole. And the white people, ” Lawd Have Mercy” they were out of control. The crimes that the state of america has committed and allowed to be committed against black folk is unbelievable. Repearations are justified and someday I believe black folk will have them. However no matter what white folk have or continue to do to us, this does not excuse our behavior towards each other. Yo chance I gotta go now, but I will comment further later on. Mark

  2. To Mark–Mark

    I am glad to hear that you are familiar with writings of Richard Wright Mark. Yes, even though white people did all of those things to black we black people have to accept responsibility for our own short comings and collective character flaws. Yes whites have accumulated a lot of bunch bad KARMA and are paying for some of it now and the lords of KARMA will have them pay for the rest as time continues. But blacvk people we need to taske full responsibility for our own behavior and that is something you and i agree so much on MARK. Richard Wright was psychically scared by all of the racsim and poverty that he went through as a kid growing up in the SOUTH. And this is part of the reason why he came across as being insensitive at times — which made some people not like him very much.

    Take care, Mark

  3. Yo Chance when I say Wright was an Asshole Im talking about him burning down the house almost killing his grandmother, Im talking about hime hanging a kitten, Im talking about him telling his grandmother to kiss back thier when she was giving him a bath. I got the impression that Wright was a good old fashion onery little bad ass mother fucker. That has nothing to do with me loving Black Boy or part 2 of his autobiography American hunger. I recall the part you of his book you mentioned where the white guys hit him and then threw him off of thier truck for not saying sir, unbelievable. This is the shit millions of black people went through everyday. It was nothing less than state sponsored terrorism. Mark

  4. To Mark

    I am glad you clarified all of that Mark about Richard’s childhood yes he was always into something as a kid. American Hunger was also supposed to be included in black boy but the publishers only acceoted the first part about his childhood down South. So years later American HUNGER was published as a separate book. Wright was a good writer.

    BY Chance

  5. You know, the sad truth is that I am just coming into knowledge about this brother. I’m going to change that and read his material.

    You are the second person that has brought him to my attention so that must be a sign that I need to expand my knowledge. Thanks.

  6. To James

    Glad to hear you are going to study and read Richard Wright he is a good author. You will enjoy him alot and thanks for coming by the intellectual madhouse (blog)

    By Chance

  7. Flendunny

    I’d prefer reading in my native language, because my knowledge of your languange is no so well. But it was interesting! Look for some my links:

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