Peer pressure. In Black Boy—just like middle school—it’s what makes the world go round. It can make you join a church, make you steal, even make you fight when you don’t even want to. In Black Boy, society is practically a personified enemy that steals your dreams and crushes your spirit. Richard’s autobiography is the story of his fight for the independence of his mind and soul. It’s a brutal journey—but it’s worth it in the end. Right?
Richard believes that it’s better to be alone than to give into society’s unreasonable demands.
Even if he tries, Richard can never totally reject society’s rules.