How does Taylor use the story of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry so that younger readers can comprehend racism?

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I think that one of the excellent aspects of this book is the way that racism is expressed in a way that younger readers can understand. Mostly, this is achieved through examining the examples of racism that the Logan family experience through the eyes of Cassie, a child herself. Also, let us remember that Cassie as an individual experiences racism that she has to deal with. Perhaps one of the most notable examples of racism that she experiences comes in Chapter Five, when she accidentally bumps into another white girl of her own age, Lillian Jean. Not only does she have to apologise to Lillian Jean, but Lillian Jean also expects Cassie to go into the road so that she can pass:

You can't watch where you going, get in the road. Maybe that way you won't be bumping into decent white folks with your little nasty self.

Presenting such incidents from the viewpoint of Cassie herself gives younger readers of this excellent novel a real insight into how racism impacted people of their age during this period of American history, and helps them to understand it better.

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