Examples Of Racism In The Play Fences

988 Words4 Pages
When you look at field of dandelions, you can either see a hundred weeds, or a thousand wishes… It's known as perspective in which, I have learned that two people can look at the exact say thing and see something totally different. In Fences and “Say yes”, both authors reveal that different perspectives about race create conflict with those that you love. The overall play Fences, deals with racism in various types of ways. In the play fences the perspective on racism has trickled down from generation to generation. Firstly before Troy even knew what racism was his father was greatly affected by it. Troy’s father was profoundly affected by slavery during his time of life. Troy said that all his father wanted was for them to learn how to walk so they could work. “The only thing my daddy cared about about was getting them bales of cotton in to Mr. Lubin,” this shows how slavery and racism greatly affected Troy’s father. Due to his father being so caught up in his work he treated Troy and his siblings very poorly, which kind of influenced Troy’s views on white people. Troy and his son Cory have a really heavily impacted love hate relationship. Troy and Cory both view racism and white people in various types of ways. Firstly on page 2 Troy states “ Why you got the white mens driving and the colored lifting,” this already shows a discrepancy that Troy has towards white people. Troy views him and his friends unequally to the white people in the society during the time period. Now Troy sees that he has a lack of equality compared to white people. Did white people feel they had more privilege compared to blacks? It’s just a perspective that Troy has about white people right off the back, now he later runs into some conflict with his loved ones. One of the biggest disagreement points in the story revolved around Cory wanting to pursue his dream in college football due to the scholarship he had been offered. “The white man ain't gonna let him get nowhere with that football,” said troy, again this quote shows a lack of trust in white people as he believes that one of the white recruiters won’t really take Cory and that Cory will never make a living out of it. What Troy does not understand is that times
Open Document