African Americans In A Raisin In The Sun By Lorraine Hansberry

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Introduction During the 1950s, many African Americans were migrating to the Southside of Chicago. Living conditions were not good though; housing areas were extremely crammed. Homes that were meant to house 11,000 residents actually housed 27,000 (Chicago Southside 1950’s, 2011). The Southside was primarily made up of African-Americans, in fact, according to Chicago Southside 1950’s, 2011, it was considered the “Capital of Black America.” In A Raisin in the Sun, a play written by Lorraine Hansberry, the difficulties of African-American families living in Chicago were portrayed. Chicago has improved when it comes to crime rates, but poverty and police brutality are things that still greatly affect blacks living in the Southside of Chicago. …show more content…
He forgets about his wife and son, Ruth and Travis, and becomes obsessed with the idea of making money and becoming rich. His marriage is being severely damaged by his want for money and power; he disrespects Ruth, and Ruth is a troubled wife who doesn’t know how to help their marriage. Walter blatantly offends Ruth when he replies to Ruth after she says, “Oh, Walter… Honey, why can’t you stop fighting me?” by saying “Who’s fighting you? Who even cares about you?” (Hansberry, 1966, p 67). Beneatha, the daughter of Lena Younger, is an educated, independent, young woman going to college to become a doctor. Unlike Walter, Beneatha recognizes that good things in life don’t just come to you, you have to work hard for what you want. Walter does not understand why Beneatha strives to be a doctor: he even questions her about it, saying, “Who the hell told you you had to be a doctor? If you so crazy ‘bout messing ’round with sick people- then go be a nurse like other women- or just get married and be quiet…” (Hansberry, 1966, p 20).
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Through September, Chicago recorded 321 homicides, a 21 percent drop over 407 in the year-earlier period, official department statistics show (Gorner, 2013). According to Gorner, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has noticed the improved crime numbers, and he says that the homicide figures were the lowest for Chicago since the late 1950s (2013). In fact, murder in Chicago declined by 5.7 percent, rape by 5.1 percent, and robbery by 7.7 percent (Chapman, 2011). Steve Chapman, 2011, says that today, your chance of being murdered is lower than it was in the late 1950s. So even though poverty and police brutality is a continuing problem, crime rights have gone up in Chicago since the

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