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Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun: A Ghetto Trap

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Maggie Sheehan (May 03 2021 10:34PM) : hypocrisy more

He is saying he doesn’t care if they have equal quality of things, and housing, as long as they do it in their own space. This in fact does make him a bigot, because he doesn’t believe they are equal enough to live in the same neighborhood.

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During 1959, in a growing neighborhood outside Chicago, Progress Development Corpo ration planned to sell ten to twelve new homes to blacks.When the all-white neighborhood of Deerfield discovered this, they were furious (Rosen 24).One resident, Bob Danning, explained his feelings and the feelings of his neighbors when he stated, “We’re not bigots.We don’t go around calling people names.And I don’t think we want to deny Negroes or anybody else the right to decent homes, just as good as ours.But not next door” (Rosen 16).

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Mrs. Rebekah McGinnis (Apr 26 2021 9:56AM) : RACIST more

I THINK THAT A NEIGHBORHOOD WHO JUST SAYS, YOU’RE NOT WELCOMED BECAUSE OF THE COLOR OF YOUR SKIN DOES MAKE YOU RACIST, WHETHER OR NOT YOU LIKE THE TERM.

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sarah craig (Apr 26 2021 10:04AM) : i agree
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sarah craig (Apr 26 2021 10:15AM) : terrible more

the fact that black people have to be worried for their lives, is terrible. just because they want to live in a place where they have the same health care, and protection.

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jillian carbonneau (Apr 26 2021 10:16AM) : I agree with this because what is the reason they cant live in the neighborhood other than people being racist
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ava tarani (Apr 26 2021 11:19AM) : i agree more

i completely agree, i think if a person doesn’t want another person of color to live next to them, they are racist.

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Sara C (Apr 26 2021 1:18PM) : I agree that the color of your skin shouldnt determine where you can and can not live.
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Student Jaryd Westcott (Apr 27 2021 7:53AM) : 100% true it is unacceptable to treat other humans with such prejudice that they can't be called anything but racist.
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Nicolle Ricci (Apr 27 2021 8:57AM) : i agree more

if you say you’re not racist, but have a problem living next to a person of color thats being a racist and not even trying to hide it

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Adrianna Fowlkes (Apr 27 2021 9:59AM) : i agree, its not fair to limit the amount of homes for poc and to sit there and then say they are bigots is just a lie because if they weren't they wouldn't be controlling the number of houses
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Alexa PetitFrere (Apr 27 2021 11:52AM) : I agree more

You can’t just say you want people to have a house just as nice as yours and then say you can’t live next to me.

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Jake Fedoce (May 03 2021 9:46AM) : I agree
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Jake Odonnell (May 03 2021 9:51AM) : horrible more

this is horrible because they recalling black people names and and saying they can’t be next door to whites which is borderline racist in my opinion.

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Colt Cutillo (May 03 2021 10:37AM) : i agree
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Dr Michael Alberto (May 06 2021 5:37PM) : I agree
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student shawn nestor (May 03 2021 9:55AM) : i agree
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Colt Cutillo (May 03 2021 10:36AM) : i agree, its ironic because they are racist saying they arent.
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Doriana Bombino (May 03 2021 1:30PM) : I agree more

The color of someone’s skin SHOULD NOT make anyone feel less welcome than the people around them.

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Sabrina DaSilva (May 03 2021 1:42PM) : I agree more

I think that it is crazy because if they are able to be in the neighborhood and worked to get there then they deserve to be there more than anything and should not be looked down on or not welcomed just for something they achieved to do

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Dr Michael Alberto (May 06 2021 5:37PM) : I agree
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Colt Cutillo (May 03 2021 10:08AM) : . [Edited]
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Henrique Barcelos (May 03 2021 1:20PM) : . more

I find it interesting that these people don’t like being seen as racists but have no problem with doing racist actions

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Dr Joey Leonforte (May 03 2021 1:27PM) : bigotry [Edited] more

This resident started his sentence claiming he and the people of this neighborhood are not bigots but proceeds to explain how he doesnt want to deny housing to anyone (specifically talking about african americans)but just not anywhere near his house. He’s contradicting himself

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Dorvelt Edouard (May 03 2021 1:31PM) : absurbly inhuman more

the facts that he admitted that makes it clear neighbor are just enemies they don’t see black folks as man but they don’t realize how girlish they oppose themselves to society.If a man does not have honor, respect,courage,sentiment to others then they don’t deserve to be human it’s just cannibalism.

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Dr Michael Alberto (May 06 2021 5:37PM) : I agree
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Dr Michael Alberto (May 06 2021 5:37PM) : It's not right to not let someone in your neighborhood who legally bought the house.
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Lorraine Hansberry (1930–1965) analyzes northern racism, as expressed by Bob Danning, and its cruel effects in her play A Raisin in the Sun, which she claims is “specifically [about] Southside Chicago.” Many social issues of the 1950’s, including feminism, gender roles, the black family, and the pan-African movement, as well as events within Hansberry’s own life, are interweaved in this play.However, a central theme of A Raisin in the Sun reveals how racism from the housing industry, government, religious leaders, and average Americans supported the segregated housing environment of Chicago.

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The setting of A Raisin in the Sun is the ghetto of Chicago, where most blacks lived.These districts consisted of overpriced, overcrowded, and poorly-maintained apartments and homes.In the ghettos, crime rates were high and public services were limited.Most blacks living in the ghetto had hopes of leaving to [go to] better suburban neighborhoods, but segregated housing kept them stuck in the ghetto.

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Diana Lozius (Apr 26 2021 10:01AM) : I can relate to this comment because I used to live in the projects and most people referred living in the projects is ghetto.
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Mrs. Rebekah McGinnis (Apr 26 2021 10:05AM) : DISAGREE WITH THIS STATEMENT more

I TOTALLY DISAGREE WITH THIS STATEMENT BECAUSE IT IMPLIES THAT THE CONDITIONS OF THE HOUSING AND NEIGHBORHOODS ARE. BY THE CHOICES OF ITS RESIDENTS AND THAT IS NOT TRUE. THE CONDITIONS ARE BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT DOESN’T EVEN HELP OR PROVIDE RESOURCES TO KEEP UP WITH THE NEEDS OF THE RESIDENTS

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Diana Lozius (Apr 26 2021 10:16AM) : Ohhhhh now I understand the statement I thought they were referring to the place and environment they are living in.
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Dorvelt Edouard (May 03 2021 1:23PM) : they don't provide resources more

one thing clear the government only want to make their own profit that’s what holding working class why cant’t everything be the same.

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Diana Lozius (Apr 26 2021 10:18AM) : Now I completely understand
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ava tarani (Apr 26 2021 11:23AM) : agree with your statement [Edited] more

the government does not help with what they may need, the conditions could be much better if the government helped.

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Rose Pennucci (Apr 26 2021 8:50PM) : I agree if the government help controlling real estate then the housing could be better and safer to live in. Also, the neighborhoods needs the governments help because some parts of the neighborhoods are not safe to live in where you have a family.
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Jake Odonnell (May 03 2021 9:58AM) : agree more

I agree with your statement the government should step in to help more poor neighbhorhoods

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Nicolle Ricci (Apr 27 2021 8:58AM) : i agree more

the government is only “for the people” when the people are white

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Adrianna Fowlkes (Apr 27 2021 10:04AM) : i agree nicolle
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Henrique Barcelos (May 03 2021 1:29PM) : . more

That’s really true and it’s sad because a lot of these problems are an easy fix for the government

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Dr Joey Leonforte (May 03 2021 1:37PM) : i agree more

This comment is so true and its blantanly obvious yet nothing gets done about it even in todays day and age. We are at a point i time where things like this shouldnt be happening

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Doriana Bombino (May 03 2021 1:41PM) : I completely agree more

Stuff like this has been going on for way too long, and the fact that there needs to be protests for people to be heard and noticed is ridiculous…

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Dorvelt Edouard (May 03 2021 1:42PM) : for the white more

especially for the rich they get richer everyday and can easily afford a home but some people can’t

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Tamiia Mamousette (May 03 2021 9:59AM) : I agree more

I agree with the comment people try to use low income families to their advantage by overpricing them so they have to continue using what little money they had to pay rent for a place thats not even in the best condition

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Sara C (Apr 26 2021 1:25PM) : I agree that many try to leave and try to get a new and improved life but there are restrictions because of their color. It seems that once you are in it you have a hard time or no chance of leaving. [Edited] more

Just like in the raisin in the sun, water wants something more for their family and they will continue to try.

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Student Jaryd Westcott (Apr 27 2021 8:02AM) : "Most blacks living in the ghetto had hopes of leaving to [go to] better suburban neighborhoods, but segregated housing kept them stuck in the ghetto." This line reminds me of the book because it makes me think of Walter dreaming to get out.
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Alexa PetitFrere (Apr 27 2021 12:17PM) : Unfair more

I think its unfair segregated housing keeps black people stuck in the ghetto. If people don’t like their living conditions/environment they should have the right to change it. If white people wanted to move out of their neighborhood they could do so, what is the difference?

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Henrique Barcelos (May 03 2021 1:24PM) : unfair more

It is sad how the people in these areas are at such a disadvantage and we can really see that in the story

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Sabrina DaSilva (May 03 2021 1:36PM) : unfair more

it is truly unfair that just because of their color they are stuck altogether in poor living conditions and had a simple dream of just living somewhere better

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Maggie Sheehan (May 03 2021 10:48PM) : agree more

The government is taking advantage of the people living in these homes, by not providing them or helping them properly maintain good conditions. The government spends the money that could be used for making more homes in these crowded areas and re paving the streets instead of the millions they spend on campaigning.

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Dr Joey Leonforte (May 03 2021 1:35PM) : short end of the stick more

It unfair how the government completely neglects these areas making it so that it says low income and traps the people there.

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The housing industry was the greatest cause of segregated housing in Chicago.Within the housing industry, many social scientists observed that “real estate agencies play the largest role in maintaining segregated communities.” Real estate agents made enormous profits manipulating white fears of integration and black desires to escape the ghetto, as evidenced by the lucrative practice of blockbusting.A real estate agent would encourage a black family to move to an all-white neighborhood.Housing costs within the white neighborhoods were much lower than black neighborhoods, so some black family would attempt to move, despite threats from future white neighbors.After the black family moved in, nervous whites feared their property values would crash.The real estate agent would then purchase much of whites’ houses for well below their market value, and resell them well above their market value to blacks wanting to flee the ghetto.This lucrative bait-and-switch procedure could double real estate agen cies’ profits within two years.Whites who experienced blockbusting held hard feelings towards blacks which sometimes turned violent.

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Sabrina DaSilva (May 03 2021 1:37PM) : manipulation more

it is crazy that they are manipulating because they are more focused on money than human decency. If someone of color works to get where they can they should not fear where they are because white people want to terrorize them because they dont want them there

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Donald Davis (May 04 2021 11:41PM) : scientist observation more

its crazy to think that people in the housing industry tried to control who and where people lived

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Zachary Anderson (Apr 26 2021 10:03AM) : it makes sense more

of course the housing industry controls the housing market

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Mrs. Rebekah McGinnis (Apr 26 2021 10:26AM) : IS THERE SOMETHING WRONG WITH THAT? more

SHOULD THE GOVERNEMNT OR SOME OUTSIDE SOURCE CONTROL OR POLICE THIS BECAUSE IT IS SO OVERTLY RACIST

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Rose Pennucci (Apr 26 2021 8:33PM) : I find it shocking that the real estate traps African American buying a house so, they can control how much they have to pay
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Jake Odonnell (May 03 2021 10:01AM) : I agree more

I think its horrible that they can make blacks pay more money based on skin color because they control housing.

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Colt Cutillo (May 03 2021 10:13AM) : This just shows that the entire american system was corrupt at this time, the big agencies and corporations were all in on this.
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Emma Ryan (May 03 2021 1:39PM) : I agree the company's only care about themselves and the money the can profit from others struggles
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Student Gabriel Di Giustini (May 03 2021 1:27PM) : This is hateful more

This seems so hateful and unproductive in a time where we should’ve been moving on from racism and hating people based on the color of their skin.

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Emma Ryan (May 03 2021 1:36PM) : They basically just took advantage of there desperately for a better home and set them up for failure and wanted control over them
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Alli Wright (May 03 2021 1:37PM) : Racism more

Why would the real estate agents sell the homes for above the market price when knowing they couldn’t afford anything close to that price. This shows hate towards the black community.

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Alexis Martino (May 03 2021 1:41PM) : I agree, this was such a hard time for the black community and they were very racist towards them.
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Donald Davis (May 04 2021 11:43PM) : Separate housing markets more

was this set up because the whites families did not want to be living with the blacks or was this set up for another reason

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Real estate agents also fostered the segregation in Chicago by developing separate housing markets for blacks and whites.In 1917 the Chicago Real Estate Board con demned the sale and rental of housing to blacks outside of city blocks contingent to the ghetto.Conditions did not change in the next half-century, and blacks interested in a home or apartment were usually shown only ghettos or transition neighborhoods.Real estate agents limited blacks’ housing options by rarely offering them housing opportunities outside the ghetto.The real estate industry literally trapped the black family in the ghetto.

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Student Jaryd Westcott (Apr 26 2021 1:25PM) : I think that it is just gross that humans can put other humans through hell just because of their skin color but it reminds me of when Hitler did a similar horrible thing when he put Jews in ghettos
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Sara C (Apr 26 2021 11:03PM) : I agree, I am always in disbelief of how people can treat others especially when it comes to their skin color. No one should be restricted by anyone when buying a home or something to support their family.
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Jake Odonnell (May 03 2021 10:03AM) : I agree more

I agree its horrible that because of your skin color you can be denied of buying a house

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Bella Caruccio (May 03 2021 10:12AM) : agree more

I think that is is horrible and should not be allowed to happen and I’m surprised things like this were “ok” to them back then. When it comes to supporting your family and providing for them, it shouldn’t be held off because of your skin color.

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Doriana Bombino (May 03 2021 1:33PM) : I agree more

I believe if you have the money to live somewhere you want to live then live there. the color of someone’s skin should not hold them back from achieving their goals.

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Colt Cutillo (May 03 2021 10:16AM) : this just shows again how america was built to be against people of color. everything was against them and they weren't even given the same homes as everybody else
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Donald Davis (May 04 2021 11:47PM) : I agree with Colton more
I feel like everything was set up so people of color could not succeed and struggle
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Gabriel Tomaz (May 03 2021 1:35PM) : higher pricing more

the fact that landlords would charge black families more money to move in is crazy just because the color of someones skin they get a bunch of money added on to a probably already high rent and on top of that they get fees.

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Sabrina DaSilva (May 03 2021 1:39PM) : Discrimination more

the fact that real estate agents have that much control and can prevent someone of color from getting a house because of their race ethnicity and just because they are not white is truly disgusting to me

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Maggie Sheehan (May 03 2021 10:56PM) : agree more

I agree. too many people had power. power was constantly in the wrong hands, and it still happens to this day

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Alli Wright (May 03 2021 1:48PM) : Segregation more

The fact that the real estate agents trapped the families in a place they were trying to leave is awful. Why would anyone want to keep people in an area that has extremely poor living conditions, and is a place that clearly doesn’t provide anything for the families.

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The real estate industry was aided in segregating Chicago by unfair costs of living within the housing industry.Landlords charged black families high prices for low quality housing, and the average black family in the ghetto had to pay 10% more in housing taxes and fees than in a comparable white neighborhood.Higher housing costs limited blacks’ opportunities to move to bet ter neighborhoods by taking away a large portion of their income.In addition, most white landlords did not maintain their slum property, leading to poor living conditions.Many black families suffered these higher housing costs and poor living conditions within the ghetto because they could not save enough money to move to a cheaper suburban neighborhood.

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Sara C (Apr 26 2021 11:22PM) : cycle that never ends more

The real estate industry made a continuous cycle of taking most of their income. With the real estate industry doing that they will never have enough money to leave the cycle. Just like in raisin in the sun Walter wants to open up a business to help his family but everything is against him and preventing him from doing that.

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Tamiia Mamousette (May 03 2021 10:02AM) : i agree more

exactly they overprice them because they know they can barely afford where they’re re living now

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Student Jaryd Westcott (Apr 27 2021 8:05AM) : In Act II Mama said that black living areas were more expensive and the fact that they have to pay more for less just because of skin even though they are human is just racist and terrible.
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Jake Odonnell (May 03 2021 10:10AM) : disbelief more

its insane how because of your skin color you have to pay way more money than someone who is white

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A Raisin in the Sun notes that the housing industry has a racist nature because of discrepancies in housing cost within black and white communities and their separate housing locations.Walter and Ruth are stunned that Mama purchases a house in an entirely white neighborhood, because moving to a white neighborhood could put their lives at risk.Mama explains why she was unwilling to stay in the black community when she states, “Them houses they put up for colored in them areas way out all seem to cost twice as much as other houses.I did the best I could,” also noting that the new houses built for blacks are located in their own segregated communities, “way out.”

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Henrique Barcelos (May 03 2021 1:26PM) : . more

Another reason people were stuck is that when they finally get out they might be put in danger because of it

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Student Gabriel Di Giustini (May 03 2021 1:38PM) : Agreeed more

I agree. It was definitely hard for black families to progress in this society.

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Alexis Martino (May 03 2021 1:40PM) : I agree
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When Ruth observes to Mama that “we’ve put enough [money] in this rat trap to pay for four houses by now,” she is not making an idle statement considering the unreasonably high costs of ghetto housing.Like most blacks in the Chicago ghetto, the Younger family lives in a “tired,” run-down, “rat trap.” Neighborhood games further reveal poverty: Travis chases and kills a rat “as big as a cat” with his friends (59).The Youngers’ house is roach-infested, and a Saturday morning chore consists of “spraying insecticide into the cracks in the walls.” Like the “rat trap” of the Youngers, living conditions for blacks in the ghetto were poor. […]

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Alli Wright (May 03 2021 1:42PM) : Poor living conditions more

Mama didn’t even buy a house in the “segregated communities” but it shows that the landlords would only show them run-down houses. You can see this because of all the work they do to make the house able to live in.

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Sara C (Apr 26 2021 1:44PM) : more money more

You can see how much money families that live in these areas are putting into their homes. They keep spending all the money they have to repair their homes when with that money they could buy a nicer home. They are stuck in a cycle that they cant get out of. There is no need for the homes to be that expensive and that much to repair if something is wrong with the home.

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Alexa PetitFrere (Apr 27 2021 11:56AM) : I agree more

I feel like this is purposely done by the government. Put people into run-down homes and make them pay for the repairs. It’s more lucrative than having someone buy a home they don’t have to put work into.

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Dorvelt Edouard (May 03 2021 1:37PM) : the government is mess up more

facts that will keep them to work til they died this country is so mess up i’m not dying in this billy country i’ll be going back home start business and when i buy a house it’s mine forever.

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When Lorraine Hansberry was a child, her family experienced firsthand the results of a government unconcerned with blacks leaving segregation.After the Hansberrys moved into a white neighborhood, their neighbors brought a lawsuit to evict them.The local Chicago government was willing to eject the Hansberrys from their new home but Lorraine’s father, Carl Hansberry, took their case to court.With the help of the NAACP, he eventually won the right to stay, but never recovered from the emotional stress of their legal battles.

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Emma Ryan (May 03 2021 1:32PM) : I wonder what it was like to live there after they won the court case. It must have been brutal and a struggle to even leave there own home where they have every right to be there as much as there neighbor does
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Alexis Martino (May 03 2021 1:38PM) : I find it mind-blowing that Carl Hansberry had to go to court just to live in a home. The fact that he had to fight to live in his home is very upsetting. [Edited]
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Sabrina DaSilva (May 03 2021 1:48PM) : Fight for his home more

It is crazy that this man has to go to court just to live in his own house

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Donald Davis (May 04 2021 11:44PM) : relating more

I have never had this happen to me but its unbelievable that this happens in the real world and that people can actually be this cruel to other people

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The problem of the government which held blacks in the ghetto and which the Hansberry family experienced is implied in A Raisin in the Sun.Walter plans to chop through the government’s forest of red tape to gain a liquor license by bribing a city official.He explains his reasoning to Ruth, his wife, saying, “don’t nothing happen for you in this world ’less you pay somebody off!”[…] A government where graft is common is a government slow to respond to its peoples’ needs—as was Chicago.Despite the poverty that the Younger family lives in, there is no mention of help or any sort of aid from the government, even to fumigate their house for healthier living conditions. […]

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Besides the housing industry, the government, and religious leaders, personal racism on the individual level kept blacks in the Chicago ghettos.Terrified of blacks en tering their neighborhoods, whites believed that integration “endangered their turf, their community, the place they called home.” Moving to a white neighborhood could be deadly for black families.From 1944 to 1946 there were over 46 arson bombings within Chicago directed at black homes on the ghettos’ outskirts.In 1965, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) marched against segregated housing in Chicago.

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In one instance, 500 black pro testers marched in a white neighborhood, Gage Park, to protest segregation.They were promptly attacked by 4000 outraged whites.Even the KKK and the American Nazi party came north to Chicago during SCLC’s open-housing movement because conditions appeared ripe for recruits.After Carl Hansberry sued to remain in his new neighborhood, “howling mobs” sur rounded the Hansberry’s house.At one point a brick hurled through their window barely missed Lorraine’s head before embedding itself in their wall.This violence, from the perspective of many whites, was unfortunate, for as long as both races remained separate, conflict was unnecessary.When integration threatened the carefully crafted white society, violence ensued.

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Alexa PetitFrere (Apr 27 2021 6:16PM) : Protesting more

Even back then when black people would protest, they would be attacked. The samething is happening in today’s society where black people still have to protest and get attack while doing so.

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Henrique Barcelos (May 03 2021 1:32PM) : . more

it’s crazy to see that things are still similar after so much “progress” was made

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Jake Odonnell (May 03 2021 10:06AM) : protest more

its horrible that your giving the right to protest and when blacks do so they get hurt and attacked for wanting to be treated equally in society with no racism, its shameful these things still happen today

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Emma Ryan (May 03 2021 1:29PM) : Everyone deserves the right to protest by the constitution and also the ratio of 500 to 4000 is insane when they were just fighting for a better life and get attacked for it that's awful
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Henrique Barcelos (May 03 2021 1:34PM) : . more
i agree
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Donald Davis (May 04 2021 11:47PM) : I agree
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Diana Lozius (Apr 26 2021 10:18PM) : They were marching for their rights and the whites tried making into a bigger problem than it already is. I think this is mainly the governments fault because the society back then mainly focused on what color you are and what certain class you are in.
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Nicolle Ricci (Apr 27 2021 9:00AM) : i agree more

it is the governments fault, but society and what they see as the “ideal person” looks like.

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Bella Caruccio (May 03 2021 10:16AM) : agree more

It is sad that they have to go through protests to try to make a change and be noticed for how much they go through. I also agree with how it is the governments fault but also the society seeing only the color of someones skin.


The role of individual racism within seg regated housing in Chicago is an important focus of A Raisin in the Sun.When Ruth and Walter first hear the news that they will be moving to Clybourne Park, they are shocked.Walter looks at his mother with “hostility,” while Ruth’s stunned response is, “Clybourne Park?Mama, there ain’t no colored people living in Clybourne Park.” Walter becomes bitter as Ruth tries to ad just to the shock.They realize that their lives could be at risk from an irate vigilante if they move within a white neighborhood.

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Dr Michael Alberto (May 06 2021 5:36PM) : Racism more

They do not want to move to an area where there is no other black families and the white people dont want them either.

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Just as individuals’ violence fought to keep Chicago segregated, violence threat ens the Younger family.Fire bombings are discussed in the play by the simplistic Mrs. Johnson.She arrives to chat, and while discussing the Younger’s upcoming move asks if Mama and Ruth have read “about them colored people that was bombed out of their place out there.” She then idiotically states, “Lord—I bet this time next month y’all’s names will have been in the papers plenty—‘NEGROES INVADE CLYBOURNE PARK—BOMBED!’”[…] She warns Mama and Ruth that “these here Chicago pecker woods is some baaaad peckerwoods,” an accurate statement of white Chicago’s gen eral hatred of integration [a peckerwood is a disparaging term for a white Southerner].

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The characterization of Karl Lindner is a scathing commentary on white Northern racism on the personal level.He appears innocuous, “quiet-looking,” “middle aged,” and “a gentle man.” He explains to the Youngers that “most of the trouble [between whites and blacks] exists because people just don’t sit down and talk to each other.” He is calm, patient, and “almost sadly” warns the Youngers that they will be in physical danger if they move into Clybourne Park.However, by desiring to keep the Youngers from Clybourne Park, he is implying to them, as Mama says, “they aren’t fit to walk the earth.” Like Bob Danning, Karl Lindner says, “I want you to believe me when I tell you that race prejudice simply doesn’t enter into it.” At the end of the play, when Walter trium phantly kicks him out of the house, Karl’s true character is as weak and shallow as that of whites who openly support housing segregation.The Younger family ignores his veiled threats and concentrates on Walter, the unexpected hero.Karl’s last line is a lame, “I sure hope you people know what you’re getting into.”

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Apr 26
Mrs. Rebekah McGinnis (Apr 26 2021 10:19AM) : SO IS HE RACIST? more

I WOULD ARGUE YES, BUT COULD SOME ARGUE NO?

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Courtney Pham (Apr 27 2021 8:16PM) : I disagree more

I do agree to an extent because people can sit down and talk but sometimes they choose whether or not they want to listen to each other.

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Bella Caruccio (May 03 2021 10:18AM) : agree more

I feel like this could apply to everything in life. some people hate to hate and don’t really pay any attention to whats on the inside of everyone.

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The role of individual racism within segregated housing in Chicago is an important focus of A Raisin in the Sun.When Ruth and Walter first hear the news that they will be moving to Clybourne Park, they are shocked.Walter looks at his mother with “hostility,” while Ruth’s stunned response is, “Clybourne Park?Mama, there ain’t no colored people living in Clybourne Park.” Walter becomes bitter as Ruth tries to ad just to the shock.They realize that their lives could be at risk from an irate vigilante if they move within a white neighborhood.

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Carl Sandburg called Chicago America’s laughing city, “proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.” Bill Berry, of Chicago’s Urban League, called Chicago “America’s largest segregated city.” A Raisin in the Sun shows through the triumph of the black spirit amidst white racism and segregation that both observations are accurate.Robert Nemiroff, in his introduction to the 1987 text, called the play “so contemporary” because of Lorraine Hansberry’s ability to tie social issues, including the rise of second wave feminism, questioning of gender roles, the difficulties of the black family, and the death of colonialism, throughout A Raisin in the Sun.However, her portrayal of Chicago’s segregated housing market is particularly poignant because of her accurate observation that Chicago’s segregated housing existed mainly because of racism within the housing industry, the government, religious leaders, and the individual American.

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Student Gabriel Di Giustini (May 03 2021 1:30PM) : Interesting more

This is interesting as to why he would say that about such a bad time in history.

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In Deerfield, the white community halted Progress Development Corporation’s build ing project in court.By 1962, three years from when the controversy began, Harry and David Rosen concluded, “in Deerfield, there are no Negroes next door.” A Raisin in the Sun is still a rebuke to suburban audi ences today.For most of us, there are still no Negroes next door.

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Watch this 1 minute video of a person's optimistic (positive) experience living in the "Black Ghetto" also known as "The Black Belt". ALSO, comment which character from A Raisin in the Sun could relate to his story the most and why. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xqn5OmF23HY

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Mrs. Rebekah McGinnis (Apr 26 2021 10:31AM) : REMINDS ME OF MAMA! more

THIS IS LIKE MAMA BECAUSE HER FAMILY HAD TO ESCAPE THE RACISM AND SEGREGATION OF THE SOUTH ONLY TO MOVE INTO IT IN THE NORTH.

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Apr 26
Sara C (Apr 26 2021 1:50PM) : big Walter can relate more

I think that big Walter would be able to relate to what the man was saying.

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Jake Fedoce (May 03 2021 10:23AM) : I agree that it is like Mama
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Jake Odonnell (May 03 2021 10:35AM) : Walter more

I think it reminds me of Walter because he has hope in his dreams of the liquor store

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Donald Davis (May 04 2021 11:48PM) : I thought of Walter as well when I read this
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Henrique Barcelos (May 03 2021 1:37PM) : . more

I think Walter would relate to this because in the video they talked about trying to provide for their family more.

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Maggie Sheehan (May 04 2021 9:25AM) : agree more

Walter was trying to provide more for is family

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Sabrina DaSilva (May 03 2021 1:55PM) : good more

I think that this man was just very sweet like as bad as everything he had went through he just seemed very appreciative no matter how rough it was and areas were just segregated

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Gabriel Tomaz (May 03 2021 1:55PM) : Mama more

this video reminds me of mama and how she wants to get her family out of the area that the were in

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Dr Joey Leonforte (May 03 2021 1:58PM) : "the black belt" more

This is a nickname for a specific black community and its made to make black communities seem dangerous when thats far from the truth

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Review this video of what Chicago looked like in the 1940s (still similar to the 1950's) and try to listen to Kayne West's song at the same time to feel the emotion about growing up in a world that lacks representation and is desparate for change. Comment by mentioning a photo in the video that sticks out to you the most (and why), but also comment your reactions about the community back then https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=60ghHaH_jXQ

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Mrs. Rebekah McGinnis (Apr 26 2021 10:32AM) : INEQUITIES more

THIS JUST SHOWS THE TRAGIC INEQUITIES BETWEEN THE WHITE WORLD AND THE BLACK GHETTOS OF CHICAGO AND OTHER BLACK, URBAN AREAS IN THE UNITED STATES

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Sherby Luma (Apr 26 2021 1:13PM) : I feel like in 2021 we don’t need to call it “the black ghettos of Chicago” they were regular neighborhoods.
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Jake Odonnell (May 03 2021 10:36AM) : I agree more

it shows the troubles and hardships of growing up in America being black

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Henrique Barcelos (May 03 2021 1:41PM) : water fountain more

it’s crazy to think that they couldn’t even share a thing as simple as water.

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Sabrina DaSilva (May 03 2021 1:59PM) : video more

you can tell how upsetting it was to live in this time and that all these people wanted to be equal and they just didn’t want to see them win but continued to let them suffer. They knew they were the same and treated different when they deserved the same and worked just as hard if not harder than those of white priviledge

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Gabriel Tomaz (May 03 2021 2:04PM) : video more

the pictures that stuck out to me were how all of the white people were smiling and having a good time and the black children and adults were all working and looked frustrated.

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Dr Joey Leonforte (May 03 2021 2:05PM) : . more

within the video there are pictures representing the time in which they were taken. All of them shave one common theme of racism. One picture that stood out to me was a picture of a huge crowd of white men it looked like thousands of people and standing before them is a man dressed in a KKK uniform. This put a pit in my stomach looking at how many people there was listening to this one man speaking and I couldn’t even imagine what type of hatred that was spewing out of his mouth and how many of those people genuinely agreed with him

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Nicolle Ricci (Apr 26 2021 1:46PM) : video more

picture with the teachers (looked like a class photo)

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Bella Caruccio (May 03 2021 10:29AM) : video more

Pictures that stood out to me was the pictures with the “white only sign” and “colored only sign” under little things like a simple water fountain or a bathroom.

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Alli Wright (May 03 2021 2:02PM) : video more

The pictures that stood out to me were the ones that had “color only” or “white only” signs on everything around them. They had water fountains, buildings, bathrooms, transportation, seats, ect..

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Doriana Bombino (May 03 2021 2:05PM) : "colored only" and "white only" signs on the water fountains more

that picture stood out to me the most because I find it ridiculous that people of color actually have to separated so much that they can’t even drink the same water as white people… it’s honestly disgusting

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Maggie Sheehan (May 04 2021 9:26AM) : agree more

they claim white and black people can have the same things, but then why aren’t they equal enough to share it with white people. This caused seegregaaation

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sarah craig (Apr 26 2021 9:10AM) : people shouldnt have to be seprated or treated differently more

where you live or the color of your skin should never define you. you should not have to live a certain place just because of your race.

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sophia morais (Apr 26 2021 9:18AM) : I agree
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jillian carbonneau (Apr 26 2021 9:18AM) : i agree
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Diana Lozius (Apr 26 2021 9:19AM) : Periodd I totally agree because everyone should be treated the same way no matter the color and place you live.
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ava tarani (Apr 26 2021 9:22AM) : i agree [Edited] more

i agree because everyone should treated equal, no one should be treated different because the color of the color of their skin.

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Zachary Santos (Apr 27 2021 12:59AM) : i agree
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Adrianna Fowlkes (Apr 27 2021 9:02AM) : i agree
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Alexa PetitFrere (Apr 27 2021 10:59AM) : I agree more

It is not fair to place people in a poorer neighborhood with few to no opportunities just because of what they look like, which is something they have no control over.

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Jake Fedoce (May 03 2021 8:44AM) : I agree
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Sara C (Apr 26 2021 10:10PM) : defining you more

the color of your skin. where you live, or what you believe in shouldn’t be what defines you but it does. What should define you is how hard you work and want to change to always improve to better yourself. Not only should that not define you it shouldn’t determine where you live.

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Student Jaryd Westcott (Apr 27 2021 6:59AM) : I agree that appearances should never be how people are judged and it should definitely not make someones life harder. I also like how you said that what you do is what defines you and I like that way of thinking.
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Alexa PetitFrere (Apr 27 2021 11:02AM) : I agree more

Character is a much better way to judge than appearance. Granted we should not judge at all because we all have flaws. If you are going to like or dislike someone, you should only do so based on how they treat people.

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