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Mr. Gates articulates about identity crisis of black man and asks some frustrating questions about character and race. The main theme of the article highlights the facts that how does race amplify the recurring American problem of self-definition; how does it justifies both white perceptions of black people, and vice versa. In “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man,” a long piece Henry Louis Gates Jr. published in October 1995 after both Simpson’s acquittal and the Million Man March, Gates wrote that “As blacks exulted at Simpson’s acquittal, horrified whites had a fleeting sense that this race thing was knottier than they’d ever supposed—that, when all the pieties were cleared away, blacks really were strangers in their midst. There was the faintest tincture of the Southern slave-owner’s disquiet in the aftermath of the bloody slave revolt led by Nat Turner—when the gentleman farmer was left to wonder which of his smiling, servile retainers would have slit his throat if the rebellion had spread as was intended, like fire on parched thatch.”As for O. J. Simpson, Mr. Gates claims that he turned out to be ”an empty vessel” packed with meaning by blacks and whites equally who declined to see his case and ”racialized” it, turning it into yet another chapter in the ”binary discourse of accusation and counteraccusation, of grievance and counter grievance, of victims and victimizers” that has led the analysis of race in this nation.The number of African-Americans, who believed that O.J. Simpson was blameless, became an amulet of some sort of mass ethnic imbalance in a way that bounced the need to address the actual difficulties with policing in US that have come back to the center of the attention. It was a way for white-Americans to distinguish the division between themselves and their black friends, fellow citizen, colleagues and employees, but to terminate it as illogical. “To accept the racial reduction . . . is to miss the fact that the black community itself is riven, and in ways invisible to most whites,” Gates wrote in 1995. Mr. Henry Gates showed aspects of what it is like in today’s society for “the Blackman”. He pointed out how different black intellectuals and narrators associated to his authenticity of race and social fairness. He presented that even though the persons described in his book were all different and lived different lives they somehow individually shared alike identity crisis. I believe that Mr. Gates intent was to highlight to society the profusion of ethnic inequality. “And the thing is, we’re still at a point in our national history where we look at each other as sides (pg.2)” Race is still a big crisis and this reading just demonstrated in my opinion what it means to be a black man in America today.The O.J. Simpson exoneration brought to the front of the reality that Black and White America while we live in the same world, yet we live in two totally different worlds and realities. For the most part Blacks and Whites experience and view the same world completely different. While the white male views the police officer as his friend and working for him, the Black male views that same police officer as targeting him as the one to whom the white male is to be protected against. A white male can be driving a luxury car or in and around a certain part town and he is expected to be there, but a black male of the same status is not expected to be there or to have, and is questioned about his status. Gates stated that what many whites experienced was the puzzling sense that an entire population had been rooting for the wrong side. In my opinion I think what White America witnessed during the aftermath of the acquittal was not that Blacks were jubilant that O.J. Simpson got away with murder, but as strange as it may sound, whether many believed that he did it or not. I think in a very sad way Blacks saw for the first time in history the justice system that more often than not that works against a black male finally worked for him, and in a way that no one would have ever dreamed that it would.


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