jockeying for position in senior levels of society, or, in a simpler form,entrance to a 1930s college for black students. This is apparent in thepassage: "...we had words over the fact that I, by taking part in thefight, had knocked one of their friends out of a night's work." Both of these representations are personalized in a particularly hateful andcompetitive combatant named Tatlock, who also represents the guilt of the black intellectual, and eventually knocks the protagonist senseless,defeating him.Before the battle, the participants are taunted with a white girlwho represents what white-empowered culture wants the blackintellectual to set as their real goal. The All-American girl, with OldGlory tattooed just above her crotch, her blonde hair and big breasts,represents the white American dream; this is meant to distract theblack intellectual. The idea is to convince the black brawlers that whatthey want, is what whites want, and that their final goal for social andacademic progress is neither intellect nor insight, but only to becomemore as whites. They encourage them to this end while simultaneouslythreatening them against it, flustering the fighters, for white-empowered culture simply wants them to chase after their dream of whiteness, not actually win it. This is the ironic meaning behind thewhite blindfolds they wear during the fight—blinded from each other bysupposed want of whiteness, for only when blinded would fellowmembers of an oppressed race counter one another.
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