From the white landowners above him there had not been handed to him a chance to learn the meaning of loyalty, of sentiment, of tradition. Joy was as unknown to him as was despair. As a creature of the earth, he endured, hearty, whole, seemingly indestructible, with no regrets and no hope. He asked easy, drawling questions about me, his other son, his wife, and he laughed, amused, when I informed him of their destinies. I forgave him, and pitied him as my eyes looked past him to the unpainted wooden shack.
Based on this excerpt, which best describes how being a sharecropper impacts Wright's father?
It takes away his sense of humanity and his ability to feel.
Explanation: Wright's father is a sharecropper, which means he is a tenant farmer who does not own the land he works on. He is paid a portion of the crops he grows, and the rest goes to the landowner. This system makes it very difficult for sharecroppers to get ahead, as they are always in debt to the landowner. This excerpt shows how being a sharecropper has made Wright's father resigned to his lot in life. He has no hope of improving his situation, and no loyalty or sentimentality towards the land or the people he works for.