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Stranger in the Village by James Baldwin

            "This world is white no longer, and it will never be white again" (Baldwin, 170). When conducting research in American history, people will realize the amount substantial evidence demonstrating the mistreatment of black people in the United States. "Black people have been experiencing oppression from other ethnic groups, particularity white people for centuries" (Avakian). Black people were slaves to white people; they were forced to serve them while suffering cruel and inhuman punishment. Some say that animals were treated more fairly than black people. The country viewed the blacks' citizenship as three/fifths; "the Three-fifths Compromise of the US Constitution allowed a state to count three fifths of each Black person in determining political representation in the House within the government" (Historic). When slavery ended, black people had to fight to gain basic civil rights and declare themselves as citizens. Many white Americans never classify black Americans as their equal counterparts. In order for black people to gain equality and the appropriate rights, they had to protest and fight for them. A common phrase that many black people use to describe their work ethics in America is, "one must work twice as hard to receive half of what they have" (Reisberg). "This country should never be forgiven for the mistreatment of blacks" (Avakian). Black people are considered inferior to white people in America, but what about in other areas of the world?.
             James Baldwin, who is an African American Harlem Renaissance writer, talks about his personal experience of international treatment of black people. "Stranger in the Village" is an essay he wrote documenting his encounter while visiting a tiny Swiss village that is approximately "four hours away from Milan" (Baldwin, 165). James Baldwin was a civil rights activist in America; not only did he fight for "the injustice system of racism, but also the rampant homophobia and ant-intellectualism" (Baldwin, 165).

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