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for Bigger’s death. They painfully take on Bigger’s fear, guilt and hatred with anger and resentment. Even after Bigger is jailed for Mary’s murder, The Daltons still fail to see him as human. “’Bigger, you’re a foolish boy if you don’t tell who was in this thing with you,’” Mr. Dalton said” (Native Son 339). Their blindness of negroes is their inferiority. Their being physically threatened by the “Big Bad Niggers” of the world is their disconnect with this part of humanity. “Being Bigger” is realizing that racism undercuts the common theme of all humanity— that we are all, regardless of ethnicity, seeking the same happiness out of our lives. James Baldwin argues, “. . . most of them (the underprivileged of all races) care nothing whatever about race. They want only their proper place in the sun and the right to be left alone, like any other citizen of the republic. We may all breathe more easily” (27). My own inner Bigger was nurtured through example. I saw and admired those great men who were hated, feared and professionally reprimanded to the point that it became useless to their 7WW&