What are some examples of discrimination in the book Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry?

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A particularly blatant and outrageous example of racial discrimination comes at the country store, Barnett Mercantile. T.J. hands the storeowner Mr. Barnett a shopping list, which he starts to fill. But Mr. Barnett soon turns his attention to a white woman with a list that's almost twice as long. It's clear that the children are being disrespected on the basis of their skin color and that the white female customer's receiving special treatment. Cassie's furious at Mr. Barnett's blatant display of discrimination, and she now understands why Big Ma's always been so reluctant to take her into town: she wanted to spare her such public humiliation.

When Mr. Barnett starts serving a white child, Cassie politely points out that she was there first. But when Mr. Barnett dismisses her, Cassie gets really angry and flies into a rage, leading Barnett to kick the kids out of his store. Cassie has been given a first-hand lesson in racial discrimination. Worse is yet to come, though, as she's forced by Big Ma to apologize for her outburst, even though she was perfectly entitled to act the way she did.

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Many examples of racial discrimination can be found in the novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. First, there are the separate schools for whites and blacks. The Jefferson Davis County School is named after the former Confederate president and is attended by whites only; the Great Faith School, the Negro school, receives the hand-me-downs and discarded material from the white school. Another example comes in the murder and burning by white night riders of John Henry Berry, a black man accused of flirting with a white woman. Still another comes when the white bus driver deliberately runs the Logan children into the muddy ditch, while white students gleefully yell "Nigger! Nigger! Mud eater!" from the bus windows.

Cassie's first visit to Strawberry is not a happy one. She is angry that the black people are forced to use the worst spots at the farmer's market, and when she goes into the Barnett Mercantile Store, the owner calls her a "nigger." Outside the store, a white man, Mr. Simms, pushes Cassie into the dusty road.

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