Summary

The short story “On Being Crazy” by W. E. B. Du Bois begins with the narrator, a black man, entering a restaurant and being denied the right to eat among the white people dining there. The narrator then enters a theater, where a white lady tells him that he is not wanted there. Next, the narrator goes to a hotel, where the clerk refuses to serve black people. When he goes to the train station, the narrator is denied the right to buy a train ticket because of his skin color. 

The narrator walks away and meets a traveler who crosses to the other side of the street because he would rather walk in mud than walk alongside a black man. The traveler accuses the narrator of being dirty and ignorant, but the narrator says the situation is the other w...

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