How is the importance of color line shown in the play?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that the importance of the color line is defined throughout the drama.  While race and class converge in the challenge to the dreams of the Younger family, it does not mitigate the fact that race is important.  Racial identity is important to the condition in which the Younger family lives.  The move into Clybourne Park is so big not because of the Younger family's economic class, but rather because of their race.  Being a family of color, Mr. Lindner makes his offer because he does not want to see an African- American family move into the neighborhood.  Walter must make his decision to act for his family not merely as a man, but as a man of color.  When Walter is trying to explain his decision to Mr. Lindner that the family will move, it is done as a man of color standing up to White resistance.  I think that this is where the importance of the color line is so prominently defined in the drama.  Hansberry does an excellent job of discussing issues of race, class, and gender in the drama.  Yet, I think that the movement of the family into Clybourne Park is one where the issue of race and the significance of the color line is relevant and highly evident.

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