Crooks Social Commentary

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In chapter 4, Steinbeck is make social commentary about racism in America with the situation with Crooks. In the scene where Lenny comes into Crooks room Crooks said “Why ain’t you wanted? Lennie asked. Cause I’m black. They play cards in there, but I can’t play because I’m black(68)”. Crooks represents black Americans at the time and how they’re segregated even in California, a state that is seen as forward compared to the rest of America and especially the south. This is shown when Crooks said “I ain’t a southern negro, he said. I was born right here in California… He laughed. If I say something, why it’s just a nigger sayin’ it(70)”. The segregation is viewed by Crooks having his own room and not being able to play horseshoe with the other

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