What moral problems are brought up in Bebe Moore's novel Brothers and Sisters?

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In Bebe Moore's novel Brothers and Sisters, all major moral problems surround the issue of racism. Racism is particularly reflected in the characters who are denied jobs and who lose their jobs.

One example can be seen in the protagonist Esther, an African-American woman who works at a bank as a teller manager. Though Esther applies for and is qualified for the higher-paying position as a loan officer, she is denied. In contrast, her blond, attractive friend Mallory is allowed to work the higher-paying position of loan officer.

Another example of a moral problem that racial prejudice presents concerns Esther's own prejudices. Though Esther seethes over unfair treatment due to racism, she becomes guilty of acting upon her own racial prejudices towards her own race. Though Esther chooses to hire African-American LaKeesha, who is struggling to care for her family, rather than the more experienced white man, Esther soon begins to doubt LaKeesha, even to suspect her of embezzlement. However, Esther's suspicions prove to be solely based on prejudice, and the true culprit turns out to be the white temporary general manager, Kirk Madison.

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