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The narrator has identity crises in a country that rewards white people and white culture while subjugating black people and culture. The narrator, like anyone, wants a good life. Unfortunately, he needs to hide his ethnicity to have one. The narrator must struggle with racial identity for much of the story. At times he runs away from his black heritage because being white is so much easier. Perhaps this is a form of racism but he it is a racism that he must reconcile in his own soul.