Racial Injustice in A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry and Sonny’s Blues, by James Baldwin
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"I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls." by Martin Luther King Jr, the dream that is still unfulfilled. White supremacy, black inferiority, Jim Crow law, segregation, racial terror, and racial inequality are the most common topics of American history. The quote of Martin Luther King Jr asserts the truth that racial injustice was in the vein of the American dream. He hopes someday that injustice, the view that African Americans are inferior will go away, and they will be treated equally like a full human being. The theme of racial injustice is prevalent in both “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry and “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin stories. Both of the stories…show more content… Later in the story, another bomb attack reported in the paper which was much closer to home: a racially motivated attack against a black family integrating a white neighborhood. That event was announced by the Younger’s neighbor Mrs. Jonson, when they were ready to move to the all Whites Clybourne Park. Example scenarios from the above certainly provide the evidence of racial terrorism, and its fear among the Black community.
In contrast “Sonny’s Blues”, talks about the fear of direct physical harm. Narrator’s mother described that in a moonlit night some dunk white folks killed his uncle in front of his father which is a horrific act of racism. However, mama says, “I ain’t telling you to make you scared of bitter or to make you hate nobody. I’m telling you this because you got a brother. And the world ain’t changed” (346). Comment of the narrator’s mother clearly shows the view point of the African American people of that time to their American dream, and how they were living in fear of physical harm.
Jim Crow law legalized the segregation between the blacks and whites thought out the USA in the 19th century, and that led to the discrimination such as housing inequality and neglected segregated black community. That law allowed the whites to discriminate black people from the equal opportunity of housing and prohibit blacks from living in