Racial Segregation, By Lorraine Hansberry, And Interviews From Today

1166 Words Dec 15th, 2016 5 Pages
Despite changing social roles and increased rights, racism still exists in America. The most difficult part of challenging racism is the way racism manifests through means which are invisible to white people. A glaring example of implicit, often invisible racism is segregation. Segregation is a battle that people are still fighting in the United States. In terms of thinking about the ways we perform ideas of race in America, we are performing segregation. Through examples of a Raisin in the Sun, a speech by Lorraine Hansberry, and interviews from today, I will show how segregation still exists in the United States In A Raisin in the Sun, racism and related segregation are more obvious to readers. The Youngers are an African-American family living in Chicago sometime between 1945 and 1959. The large family lives in a cramped apartment, but dreams of using their father’s life insurance money to achieve their various dreams. Walter, his son, expresses desires for a home for his son, saying,“I got a boy who sleeps in the living room, and all I got to give him is stories about how rich white people live…” (495). Walter is disappointed that his son must sleep in the living room; moreover, he shows his desire for upward mobility through telling stories about how richer people live their lives. This highlights the way Walter sees his life through the lens of the American Dream. He sees his life as somehow lesser because he does not have one large aspect of the American Dream: a…

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