Discuss four incidents from Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry that demonstrates prejudice and injustice.This is not my homework. I want to know because everyone in my school is saying that the book...

Discuss four incidents from Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry that demonstrates prejudice and injustice.

This is not my homework. I want to know because everyone in my school is saying that the book doesn't have many examples. So, I want to prove them wrong.

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There are many examples of racial prejudice and injustice in Mildred Taylor's novel, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. I've included four examples:

THE SCHOOLS.  The differences between the two schools are based on racial and social prejudice. The all-African-American school, the Great Faith Elementary and Secondary School, is second-class in comparison with the all-white Jefferson Davis County School. Cassie's school gets worn-out books that are discarded from Jefferson Davis, and the white children are bused to school, while the black kids have to walk.

THE BERRYS.  John Henry Berry and his two nephews are deliberately set afire by a group of white "night riders." Mr. Berry dies from his injuries.

MR. MORRISON.  The Logan family friend, Mr. Morrison, relates how he was fired from his job. He got into a fight with two white men and, although they started the fight, only Morrison was fired because he was black. 

THE BUS DRIVER.  A white bus driver for the Jefferson Davis school deliberately "bears down" on several black children, who are forced to jump into a muddy ditch. The white kids on the bus taunt the black kids with shouts of "Nigger!"

These are only four examples, and they all take place in the first three chapters of the novel. Sadly, there are many more to be discovered.

 

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