Racial Prejudice in The Raisin in the Sun
Racial prejudice prior to the civil rights movement was not only the way a person thinks, instead it was America. Racial prejudice was ingrained in our laws and institutions. It is the act of judging someone due to their race, prior to having knowledge of them or their personality. There are many issues that accompany racial prejudice, but one of the main issues is that it is simply degrading; which can lead to many other issues such as fighting within the family.
When Lena buys a house in Clybourne Park, at first there are mixed emotions; however, Mr. Lindner a member of the “welcoming committee” feels opposed towards the idea. The community feels against having colored people in their neighborhood, so they are willing to buy back their house at a financial benefit to the Younger family. Without even knowing the family, the people of Clybourne Park prematurely reached the conclusion that the Younger family is like “the rest” of colored people. Upon hearing the proposal, the family is against the idea; however, when Walter tries to make an intelligent investment with the remaining $6,500, he loses it all to the sly Willy Harris. At that point, Walter became desperate, and therefore decided to accept the welcoming committee’s offer. After discussing the idea with his family, everyone except for Walter is appalled by the idea. Walter is a prejudiced chauffer; whose philosophy is that life is all about money. Lena believes that their family has worked hard to earn their current status, and that money doesn’t determine who they are. Racial prejudice clearly degraded Lena, which caused internal fighting within the family.
Lena says,” Go on, so, you show your boy what our five generations done come to,” (pg. 200). This is taking place when Mr. Lindner has come to bribe the family to leave Clybourne Park after Walter has decided to accept the money. Even though Lena convinces Walter not to take the bribe, it still shows...