In the novel, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, the black male is depicted as in inferior member of society. Throughout the story, the black males are shown to be unintelligent, violent, abusive people. Even the one or two good black men end up being bad in the end. This book depicts the black male as a bum, or better yet a hoodlum.
In the beginning of the novel, Bailey Jr. was the loving
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daughter in a bar. He then had her drive the car home while he was in the back seat drunk. Then when they got home his girlfriend stabbed Maya and he did not even take her to the hospital. These events influence the reader to believe that he is irresponsible and neglects his daughter.
In conclusion, it can be determined that the only decent black man in the book is Joe Louis, the superstar-boxing champion.