Black Boy

Why did Richard threaten to cut his Uncle Tom with razors ?

Chapter 5-6

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One day, Uncle Tom asks Richard for the time. When Richard's tone of voice displeases his uncle, Tom threatens to give Richard the whipping of his life. Defiant and horrified, Richard takes two razor blades and threatens to cut his uncle. After an emotional confrontation, Uncle Tom walks away from Richard.

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