A Raisin in the Sun

Racism and Oppression

Theme

A big theme in A Raisin in the Sun involving racism is "Wherever racism is present Unfair treatment is soon to fallow." This means anywhere you may go that involves a racist environment you will most likely be treated unfair and differently due to you being different.

Songs

"Black Boy" by Tech N9ne

The song Black Boy by Tech N9ne describes the way that people can be racist towards black people and the way they are oppressed in society by using real life examples.

Lyric:

I'm a Blackboy and always gettin underestimated
But when I move next door, I know you hate it
You had my whole family investigated
and when they didn't find no crack, you said I ate it
Uh-uh, a motherf***** just elevated
over ghetto life that was designated
You see this Blackboy, you know heaven made it
I don't want to go if I got to integrate it
You know pellot boy, be happy you made it
Just take what you got, and stop complainin
Blackboy - Tech N9NE [With Lyrics]

"Buffalo Soldier" by Bob Marley

Buffalo Soldier by Bob Marley it the story of a black man being taken from Africa. He is taken to America where he has to fight to live and is oppressed.

Lyric:

I'm just a Buffalo Soldier in the heart of America,
Stolen from Africa, brought to America,
Said he was fighting on arrival, fighting for survival;
Said he was a Buffalo Soldier win the war for America.
Bob Marley - Buffalo soldier

"Redemption Song" by Bob Marley

Redemption Song by Bob Marley is the story of how black people were stolen and brought to America only to be look at differently. HE mentions standing around while they kill their profits while they stand aside and look because they can't do anything to stop the racism and oppression.

Lyric:

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our mind
Wo! Have no fear for atomic energy
'Cause none of them-a can-a stop-a-the time
How long shall they kill our prophets
While we stand aside and look?
Yes, some say it's just a part of it:
We've got to fulfill the book
Won't you help to sing
These songs of freedom? -
'Cause all I ever had:
Redemption songs -
All I ever had:
Redemption songs:
These songs of freedom
Songs of freedom
Bob Marley - Redemption Song (from the legend album, with lyrics)

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Quotes

“Until the philosophy which hold one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned...
Everything is war. Me say war.
That until the're no longer 1st class and 2nd class citizens of any nation...
Until the color of a man's skin is of
no more significa...nce than the color of his eyes, me say war. That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race me say war!”
Bob Marley
“Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong.”
Muhammad Ali
“In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.”
Toni Morrison