A Raisin Of The Sun, By Lorraine Hansberry And Down These Mean Streets By Piri Thomas

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Racial prejudice and discrimination often leaves its victim in a weak and vulnerable state; it elicits emotions of helplessness, non-belonging, and may manifest itself in a binding and enduring identity crisis. In the course of American history, decades of progress have been made to amend the wrongs of slavery, the wrongs of discrimination and prejudice, and the wrongs of segregation and morally conflicting understandings of equality. People such as Martin Luther King Jr. had helped pushed for accelerated progress for a united and humanitarian front as an ideal of the American society. It was in these times of great national disparity rose the greatest civil rights development and movements. However, progress has never been swift, and mental afflictions were and are still cast over millions of those who are affected. The mind is not always so resilient of the back-lashing negativity derived from the segregated society. Seen in the play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry and Down These Mean Streets by Piri Thomas, there exists a world of segregation and racism that ultimately affects their life choices and mentality of identity. Furthermore, it goes on to fundamentally question the entire notion of white versus black or white versus brown, and from it, the derived racial categories along with social, political, and economic discourse the white society creates for minority opportunities and equality. Down these Mean Streets follow a bildungsroman type of storyline,

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