What is the purpose of Mama's telling of the death of "Daddy's brother" in "Sonny's Blues"?

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Mama tells the narrator about his uncle because she wants him to know "It ain't only the bad ones, nor yet the dumb ones that gets sucked under" in their environment. She tells of the unintentional, but, nevertheless, racially-motivated harassment of her innocent, fun-loving brother-in-law that leads to his killing so that the narrator will...

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