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A Raisin in the Sun - Lorraine Hansberry, 1959 - Racism, an inherent theme throughout our times

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One of the most important themes in "A Raisin in the Sun" is the unity of the family in overcoming racism. The plot essentially deals with the plight of one family to overcome their personal differences and strive together towards a common dream. The book is about the Youngers, a poor black family living in a bad neighborhood, who receive an insurance check for $10,000 after the death of Walter's father. Each member of the family sees the check as way to realize their dreams, but animosity in form of racism stands in their way as the major obstacle. Each character experiences prejudice and this bond forces the family to come together and fight the prejudice at hand.

[...] The use of the word is the same disgusting act of prejudice. In today's world this racism transcends the black and white racism of the Younger's era and is often targeted a variety of people who are just plainly not The backlash against immigration illustrates how little has changed in the world since the period of he Youngers, especially as politicians and special interest groups try a variety of ways to ban and limit immigration. Furthermore, this sort of discrimination is evident against homosexuals who often are denied jobs, membership into private clubs and institutions simply based on their sexual preference. [...]


[...] In fact, just recently as I turned on the TV and started watching the late night comedy shows, a favorite comedian of mine Sarah Silverman appeared. She is a smart, witty and very funny comic, who has shot to stardom over the past few years. However, amidst her act during the Conan O'Briend show she suddenly used the word "chinks" on broadcast TV. I was shocked that she would use such a derogatory word, nevertheless on broadcast television with millions of viewers watching. [...]

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