What is papa's specific reason that the family should stand firm in the boycott in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry?Chapter 7 Mr. Jamieson warns Mama and Papa about the danger of organizing the...

What is papa's specific reason that the family should stand firm in the boycott in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry?

Chapter 7

Mr. Jamieson warns Mama and Papa about the danger of organizing the boycott. Papa insists the family will stand firm. What is his SPECIFIC reason?

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Logans no longer want to do business with the Wallaces and their general store because of their participation in the lynching of black men. The Wallaces are known to have joined in the after dark raids of the night riders, including the burning of Mr. Berry. Activities at the Wallace store itself were not exactly above board or satisfactory leisure time for the local children, so the Logans banned their children from going there. The Logans knew that the black boycott would not financially break the Wallaces, but they had enough dignity to try to convince their black neighbors not to further associate with them.

mkcapen1 | Student

Mama and Papa feel that they owe it to the Berrys for the terrible things that Wallace and the night-men did to them.  They were badly burned.  On top of everything else every time a black person goes into the store they are talked down to and treated bbadly and often overcharged.

Papa is aware that the black man's dollar is what supports the store.  He believes that if he and the others continue to boycott the store then the store will lose valuable business profits from their money.  Papa believes that is the only way that the black people can prove that they deserve to be treated better.  Both Mama and Papa know that they have to take a stand for what they believe in.  They have seen the Wallaces letting the older boys drink liquor and charge it to the family bill when the people can not hardly pay for it.  They know that the Wallaces are just using hat as another way of ruining the young black people.

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