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Dare To Dream What is the American dream Is it liberty life and the pursuit of happiness or is it merely about how much money can be acquired throughout a persons existence A RAISIN IN THE SUN depicts the power of an African-American family in the 1950s who managed to stay united through the most trying of times Surviving as an African-American in the 1950s was a feat in itself Lorraine Hansberry did not sugar coat the reality of the matters that were at hand Many people in todays society write racial prejudices off as just another reason black people have to stay pissed off at the whites Until I had the wonderful opportunity to speak to a black woman who was alive during the 1950s I myself thought that black people tried to make things sound worse than they really were When I heard the pain in Mrs Dorothys voice I really began to appreciate the magnitude of how disgustingly the blacks were treated Mrs Dorothy actually took the time to explain to me how she was treated She asked me how I would have felt if I was asked to use a different bathroom just because I did not look like everyone else She also explained to me how much it hurt to walk down the street every day and see that people would rather walk the longer route than walk on the same side of the street as a black woman In our Declaration of Independence Congress proclaims that all men are created equal that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life liberty and the pursuit of happiness Yet in the 1950s African Americans were still being treated as second class citizens If everyone was created equal I would like to know why it was that black people had to deal with racially segregated public facilities Lorraine Hansberry used the first part of her
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