Theme Of Racism In Roll Of Thunder Hear My Cry

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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, written by Mildred Taylor revolves around a strong theme of racism. Racism is discriminating someone for his/her appearance, skin tone, or race. In this overarching novel, racism comes across as a major and influential theme as it progresses around and revolves around a young black girl who matures with discrimination, racial segregation, and racism around her. She tries to understand with her family and relatives why the black community is different from the white community. Cassie the narrator leads us through all the disasters her and her family have been through in relation with the white folks in Mississippi. “The white man’s happiness cannot be purchased by the black man’s misery,” (Frederick Douglass). When …show more content…
He knows and understands that being racist to another person because of his/her race is totally wrong. Believing this, he leads his three siblings in plotting revenge against the driver of the Davis Jefferson school bus that torments them daily. This incident shows racial conflicts between the coloured and the white people in the community. The bus belonged to a complete white school and unfortunately, the black schools don’t own a school bus, so Stacey and his siblings have to walk to school every day. The Logan kids are threatened by this bus every morning, “A bus bore down on him spewing clouds of dust of red dust on him like a huge yellow dragon breathing fire,” (Chapter 1). This all surely happened because of racism, segregation and unfairness. Stacey stood up against this incident and knew it was time to take revenge. So he and his three other siblings dug a hole in the center of the road which was covered with a giant puddle of water. Stacey’s plan was a bit harsh, but he believed that this was the correct thing to do against the white members who had been greatly racist to them. Stacey had a strong character and continued to fight against racism with courage and solidarity throughout the …show more content…
He is the brother of David Logan and has a short temper like Cassie Logan. Hammer Logan reacts very strongly to racism. Racism requires every black person in their town to live in fear. However, Hammer tries to avoid this; he expects to be treated as an equal person whether he is white or black. When he is told about the incident with Lillian Jean and Cassie at the strawberry market, he becomes very angry, and takes his shotgun to threaten the Simms. Everyone is worried that he might get himself in trouble while he is trying to stand up for himself. He stays strong and believes that fighting racism softly would have no effect, and would give him no benefit. He wants to spend his entire life fighting racism violently, but he does not think about what might happen to him because of his angry protests and jokes on the white people. Mary Logan constantly worries that he will get himself killed or bring violence to the family. Even though the Logan family try to stop him from fighting against racism with violence, he still believes that the right way to stand up for himself and against racial conflict is fiercely and with

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