A Lesson Before Dying By Ernst J. Gaines

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Many cultures have had “dark” pasts and histories. Some have had terrible wars, while others have had mass killings. Other cultures have had problems with discrimination towards diverse or dissimilar cultures and races. There are many reasons for this discrimination, but in the majority of cases, the most common reason is simply because of a difference between them. These differences can vary from physical appearances to cultural, traditional, or religious beliefs. Differences can lead to a culture’s social status of privilege for one race or group over another. One culture, or country, where this was apparent, was in the United States, specifically in the South. Slavery can be seen as one of the United State’s negative times in history.…show more content…
Grant Wiggins, which was the plantation’s teacher, had a very harsh way to treat and teach the children. This can be sensed in chapter 5 of the book. He expected them to learn and wanted them to think fully with their heads. He was trying to find a way to get to them. The book mentions a couple of times when Wiggins was not sure whether he was reaching the children or if he was wasting his time. Grant thought, “…Is it just a vicious circle? Am I doing anything?” (62). Racism was sensed and felt in the way white people treated black people.
Discrimination led to the degrading of people. Derogatory comments and actions were done by some white people towards black people. Racism can be seen in multiple events that occur in the story. The white population also treated the colored population with inferiority in every aspect. They had pride and thought highly of themselves. Black people were disregarded as to even being present during some instances in the book. One of these instances is when Grant was waiting to speak with Mr. Pichot. Grant was a young black man who was a teacher and the nephew of Tante Lou. Tante Lou was a friend of Mrs. Emma, the godmother of Jefferson, who was in prison and was sentenced to the death penalty by the electric chair. Henry Pichot was the owner of a plantation as well as the brother-in-law of the sheriff, Sam
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