How does Snow in August reflect race relations in the United States at the time of the novel?

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Let us remember that the world in which the central protagonist finds himself eerily echoes the concerns of the wider world and in particular the way that anti-Semitism is on the rise. Let us remember that Michael, Jimmy and Sonny act as a kind of symbol of the mixed ethnicity...

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Let us remember that the world in which the central protagonist finds himself eerily echoes the concerns of the wider world and in particular the way that anti-Semitism is on the rise. Let us remember that Michael, Jimmy and Sonny act as a kind of symbol of the mixed ethnicity of Brooklyn's immigrant population. However, there awareness of race is crystalised one day when they witness the robbery and abuse of an old Jewish man who is beaten within an inch of his life. This is shown to symbolise the wider divisions in Europe because of the war, as Rabbi Hirsch's synagogue and then Michael's appartment, are sullied by swastikas. Racial tensions are rising and even a trip to see a baseball match is shown to be deeply problematic when goons in the stands shout out anti-semitic remarks. Brooklyn is presented as a kind of microcosm of the world, and the racial tensions that are increasing as a result of the conflict in Europe impact the different social groups more and more in this community.

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