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A Raisin in the Sun

by Lorraine Hansberry

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Walter Lee Younger from A Raisin in the Sun is prejudice against whom?

Walter Lee Younger is prejudice against black women and successful, educated black men. Walter believes that black women do not support their husbands. He resents privileged black men for their numerous opportunities and financial security. Walter's prejudices stem from his own insecurities and negative personal experiences.

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Walter Lee Younger is depicted as an extremely bitter man, who resents his position in life and desperately strives for his dream of establishing a liquor business. Walter is sick of being a chauffeur and believes that he can use Lena's insurance money to start a successful business. Despite his ambition and passion, Walter resents the fact that his wife and mother do not support his dream. At the beginning of the play, Walter Lee expresses his prejudice towards black women in general by telling Ruth,

That is just what is wrong with the colored woman in this world...Don’t understand about building their men up and making ’em feel like they somebody. Like they can do something (Hansberry, 37).

Walter proceeds to demonstrate his overt prejudice by commenting that black women do absolutely nothing to help their husbands and mumbles, "We one group of men tied to a race of women with small minds!" (Hansberry, 38). Walter's personal struggles with Ruth and Lena influence his prejudiced against all black women.

In addition to Walter Lee's prejudice towards black women, he is also prejudiced against educated, successful black men. Walter reveals his prejudice during his interaction with the affluent, college-educated Geroge Murchison. Walter insults George Murchison when he visits the apartment to take Beneatha on a date. Walter tells George,

I see you all all the time—with the books tucked under your arms—going to your "clahsses." And for what! What the hell you learning over there? Filling up your heads—(Counting off on his fingers)—with the sociology and the psychology—but they teaching you how to be a man? How to take over and run the world? They teaching you how to run a rubber plantation or a steel mill? Naw—just to talk proper and read books and wear them faggoty-looking white shoes... (Hansberry, 86).

Walter's bitterness stems from his lack of success and opportunities in the world. As a poor, uneducated black man, Walter Lee lacks the privileges George Murchison takes for granted and resents the members of their race who have been able to climb the social ladder.

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