African Journal of
History and Culture

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Hist. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6672
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJHC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 191


The cultural logic of racism in Richard Wright’s Native Son

  Meryem Ayan    
English Language and Literature Department, Pamukkale University, Denizli, Turkey. 
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 26 July 2011
  •  Published: 31 December 2011



Richard Wright in his astonishing novel, Native Son (1940) has created a controversial world shocking the sensibilities of both Black and White America by presenting the cultural and logical realities behind racism that has been a matter of question in the United States for centuries. In fact, race differences and prejudice attitudes always caused problem whenever Black and White wanted to unite and live together because the racial stereotypical picture held in both groups' mind/logic, made them act in a prejudice way that gave harm to both groups/cultures. Thus, this study aimed to discuss how the racial stereotypical picture held in both groups’ mind became destructive and double-edged racism by focusing on racism, race prejudice, fear, anger, cultural conflicts and cultural logic of racism in Wright’s Native Son.


Key words: Richard Wright, native son, racism, race prejudice, cultural logic.