Discuss four incidents from Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry that demonstrate prejudice and injustice.
The themes of prejudice and injustice run all the way through the novel, so there are numerous incidents through which the author develops those themes.
The black families’ efforts to fight injustice often lead to retribution. After Cassie’s father organizes a boycott of the Wallace’s store, her mother is fired from her job. Although “reasons” are provided, everyone understands it is because she was involved in the boycott. Similarly, the attack on her father in Vicksburg, in which his leg is broken, is also attached to his activism against the store’s owners, who are suspected as “night riders” who terrorize black people.
The children’s experiences with the schools demonstrate injustice on every level. The white school’s bus driver splashes the African American children as he drives by. The African American children must walk to school; there is no bus provided for them.
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