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The title of  Black Boy  sums up the whole pre-individualistic ethic or the ethics of living Jim Crow.  Obviously, Wright did not think of himself as a black boy. The very term is a social judgment, not just  used by white society but inherited by the black folk in Richard's life. Richard's family saw him as bad  ("black"), just as the whites did, because he expressed himself as an individual. At the same time, he  was viewed as a boy, one who waited for and obeyed orders before he acted. The irony of this is that  Richard quite clearly never did have a childhood, in the sense of a time free of responsibility or fears.  His sensitivity to experience made him a man almost at birth. In the pre-individualistic, Jim Crow  society he grew up in, Richard was considered evil and irrepressible. It is important to view his autobiography in historical terms in order to understand its full significance. 
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