Racism In Lizzie Bright And The Buckminster Boy

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Long ago, racism was very common in the United States. In Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt, Turner Buckminster, and Lizzie Bright have to endure a racist town against Negros. Turner and Lizzie are both hated by the town, nevertheless, Turner's and Lizzie's understanding of racism is completely different.

Turner and Lizzie are both hated by the town for certain reasons. For example, when Mr. Stonecrop asked if Turner to sell Mrs. Cobb's house and Turner refused, Mr. Stonecrop says,"You'll regret living in a town where no one wants you." (Schmidt 207). Turner is being very brave because he endured the threatening from Mr. Stonecrop to sell the house. He was also been ridiculed and threatened by Mr. Stonecrop too many times and he should put an end to it. In addition, when Turner was talking to Mr. Stonecrop about letting Lizzie stay in his house, Mr. Stonecrop
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For example, when Turner asked Lizzie to come live with him he said,"It won't make a bit of difference," (Schmidt 167). Turner does not experience racism or hate. Since Turner does not experience racism, he does not know how Lizzie feels every day. In addition, when Turner asked her to move in, she knew people would not like it so she said,"Turner, it will matter." (Schmidt 166). Lizzie has lived with the fear of hatred of racism through her whole life. So she knew that the townspeople would not approve of them living together. Due to the fact that Turner has not experienced racism before, his knowledge and understanding of racism are limited.

Both Turner and Lizzie are hated by the people on Phisppburg but because Turner is white and Lizzie is black, their different life experiences result in their different understanding of racism. Racism continues in America even today. We can see it in events leading up to the riots in Ferguson, Missouri. We hope that in the future this can change and all of this will
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