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A Raisin in the Sun: Racism and Stereotypes
Transcript of A Raisin in the Sun: Racism and Stereotypes
Racism and Stereotypes:
A belief that a particular group of people who share a common set of biological characteristics are inferior to others who share a different set of characteristics.
E.g. Segregation, Holocaust
A widely held but fixed image or idea of particular types or groups of people.
E.g. Jews are cheap, Arabs are terrorists
Lena Younger (Mama) / Ruth Younger
Walter Lee Younger
George Murchison, being African American himself, exhibits racism against black people.
Some would argue, notably Beneatha, that George has assimilated to the American culture and that he is oblivious to the effects that racism has on his own race.
As a cause of his wealth, George has never had to really deal with the harsh realities that come hand and hand with racism.
For example, when Walter was frustrated with his life, he asked George if he could speak to his father regarding his business endeavors, to which George turns him down.
George being an African American is not proud of his culture and does not appreciate the
accomplishments of his ancestors.
“Let’s face it, baby, your heritage is nothing but a bunch of raggedy-assed spirituals and some grass huts!”
Both fulfill the traditional gender role of being a house wife.
(Cook, clean, do laundry, etc.)
Experiences Sexism through Walter after he suggests that women should just focus on supporting their men
"That is just what is wrong with the colored woman in this world…Don’t understand about building their men up and making ‘em feel like they somebody"
Has an old-fashioned view on family, suggesting Walter should lead the family as a man
"I’m telling you to be the head of this family from now on like you supposed to be”
A combination of Racism and Poverty keep Walter from being the man he wants to be.
Works as a chauffeur for a rich white man.
"So you would rather
Mr. Arnold than be his chauffeur"
Has a negative image of women.
South Side Chicago in the 1950's
"The Black Belt"
Beneatha is the most open minded and unprejudiced character in the play. She demonstrates her tolerance and determination to remove herself from the racial and stereotypical views that surround her when...
When she attends medical school to become a doctor
When she says she will not marry a man for his money and would rather marry an intellectual
When she explains to her mother that Africans are not all tribal and uncivilized people
When she cuts her hair short
When she shames Walter's original decision to take Mr. Linder's offer
Conflict with Lindner:
By rejecting Lindner's offer, Walter takes a stand not, only for his self, and his family, but also for the black community as a whole.
Discrimination can impact a person's behaviour and characteristics, whether they are the offender or victim.
Racism and prejudice can shape who you are as a person:
It can fill you with negativity and hold you back like
It can blind you from the value of others beyond their skin colour like
It can, unfortunately, define and limit your role to what society dictates like
It can motivate you to defy discrimination and take control of your life like