Racial Feelings Of Chicago, Illinois

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Racial feelings in Chicago, Illinois are very similar today to how they were in the 1950s. The Younger family from Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun was the epitome of a lower class, black family during that time. They dealt with the hardships of never having enough money and losing family happiness due to their lack of wealth. Modern-day Chicago can easily be compared to Chicago from the mid 1900s because of the ever-growing amount of poor blacks and the poverty riven African-American neighborhoods throughout the city. Black poverty is still as depressing and common now as it was half a century ago, and this is due to many reasons. The mentality of poor people is comparable to Walter Younger’s mindset from A Raisin in the Sun and his dreams reflect how people today in his same situation might dream. Overall, the city of Chicago by itself has not improved feelings of racial equality much since Hansberry’s novel. Chicago still reflects a racist country and will continue to reflect that for many years to come. Racial Segregation in Chicago Not only was racial segregation in the city of Chicago, Illinois very evident during the 1950s but also today in modern America. Lorraine Hansberry’s 1966 novel A Raisin in the Sun is full of the inequality that African-Americans faced in Chicago. The Younger family lives in a poor, black neighborhood, in a small apartment where Ruth and Walter’s son is even forced to sleep on the couch. When Walter Sr. passed, Mama got money and was
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