What past events does Levee speak of that have greatly affected his attitude about race? This pertaining to the play Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.

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Levee's story occurs when he was a child, and he witnessed the rape of his mother by a gang of white men. Levee tried to stop them, but he was badly injured when he was cut with a knife by one of the men. His father sells their farm to one of the men who raped his wife, moves his family to another town, and then goes back for revenge. His father kills four of the men before he himself is killed.