The others may have treated him as if he was not good enough, but he could surpass them in a variety of different ways.
Among other black people, he found that many of them just developed hatred of the white people, allowing the two races to still be separate. He acknowledges that as a gift of being a Negro in the American world, he is still able to see himself the way that whites may perceive him. To the author, it seems as though he is an American and he is a Negro and that those are two separate identities. Though people were slaves for so long, and liberty for the Negros finally came, it still is a nation that knows hate and that there is still deep resentment in the Negro people. The newer generation of Negros often acts as though something is owed to them and the white supremacists still exist as there is still racial tension. Though there has been some progress, it is sometimes seemingly miniscule.
Rosa Parks, a black woman, would not move to the back of a bus to give up her seat to a white person and was considered one of the first lady’s of human rights activism for African Americans. http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/par0bio-1
People still live in communities that are labeled as African-American and many are seen as people that have limited family life and resources.