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What is a good response to the short story "Battle Royal" by Ralph Ellison?

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I would respond to this story by saying it shows the evils of racism. The narrator is a high school graduate who has won a scholarship to a state college for blacks. He is invited, along with other honored black youth, to an awards banquet in the ballroom of a leading hotel by the leading white men of the town.

When he and the other young black men arrive, they realize that no honor goes without a humiliation if you are black in this society. The boys cannot simply be given their awards or scholarships, but must first be degraded and put in their places as blacks in a white-dominated community. They are forced to fight blindfolded for the amusement of the town's leading white men. They...

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