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The next part of the entry is about the incredible courtesies that the blacks extend to each other, even if the other person is a stranger. The author gives an example of a black student who, without asking, is ready to accompany him for more than two miles to a Negro movie theatre and back again after the show. A shining example of Negro solidarity, amidst all the earlier white savagery and barbarism.
The next part of the diary is again about white racism. How the author is sorely tempted to enter a famous restaurant, but then suddenly remembers that a Negro can never ever get inside one of the big restaurants, except as kitchen boy. This is a very poignant moment when the author is confronted by his Negroness.
The next part of the day’s entry mirrors another example of white racism. How even after a tiring day job-hunting, the author cannot sit down on an empty public park bench to relax, even though Negroes had the right to sit there. How even if a Negro feels sick with exhaustion, he does not have a place to sit down and rest. In fact any time the police see a Negro idling, they will surely question him, which is very worrisome.
But this is not all. Finally the author describes an even greater act of deliberate cruelty against his Negroness, when at night a white bus conductor refuses to let him alight at his stop. Instead he makes him travel eight blocks further away, for no other reason than punishment against his black skin, his Negro color.
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