Social Segregation In A Raisin In The Sun

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During the time period when “A Raisin in the Sun”, written by Lorraine Hansberry, was taken place, there was a great deal of social issues and problems with civil rights. There was segregation everywhere; in churches, schools, neighborhoods, public facilities, restaurants, anywhere one could think of there was segregation. Blacks, even though they were free, still had to endure conditions that they did not agree with. There was definitely a lot of racism in this play and one can see that from the blacks’ working for the whites, such as Walter Younger being a chauffeur, the whites trying to buy back the house the Younger family bought in their neighborhood, and everyone questioning Beneatha becoming a doctor because she is colored. The social…show more content…
One example being, when the Younger family was trying to buy the house in the white neighborhood with the insurance money that they had and the welcoming committee, as they called it, came and met with the Younger family and tried to talk to them friendly about them moving into the Clybourne Park Community. He offered them money to buy their house with a profit to them because the whites did not want colored people in their community. One can see this from Lindner saying, “What do you think you are going to gain by moving into a neighborhood where you just aren’t wanted and where some elements- well- people can get awful worked up when they feel that their whole way of life and everything they’ve ever worked for is threatened” (1503). Lindner is saying that the whites feel threatened by the Younger family moving into their community because they are black and that is inferred by Lindner offering the money for the house, saying “I am sure you people are aware of some of the incidents which have happened in various parts of the city when colored people have moved into certain areas-” (1501). This is saying that every time colored people move into a white neighborhood something happens within that community and the Clybourne Park community does not want that to happen. This is an immense segregation issue because the blacks cannot even live in certain parts of the city without feeling unwanted and so most of them do live in the ghetto because that is where most blacks felt like they fit in at was in the
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