A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry is a dramatic play written in 1959. The play is about an African American family that lives in the Chicago South Side in the 1950’s. Hansberry shows the struggles and difficulties that the family encounters due to discrimination. Inspired by her personal experience with discrimination, she uses the characters of the play, A Raisin In The Sun, to show how this issue affects families.
Hansberry faces housing discrimination due to her race, which affects her family. According to Susan Chenelle and Audrey Fisch from the New York Times, her father Carl Hansberry got a house for his family in the south side of Chicago in the 1930’s (Chenelle & Fisch, 2014). At that time there was a racially restrictive covenant that protected houses against being bought or occupied by African Americans. Therefore, this family was evicted by law. He sued and the case went to the Supreme Court around 1940, but he did not win because of the constitutionality of racially restrictive covenants. Luckily in 1948, the court found that this covenant is discriminatory (Chenelle & Fisch, 2014).
In the play, A Raisin Of The Sun, the author uses her characters Mr. Karl Lindner from the Clybourne Park Improvement Association to relate her personal experience regarding housing discrimination. When Mr. Linder came to ask the family to reconsider moving into a white neighborhood. Hansberry demonstrates this when Mr. Lindner said, “ For the Happiness of all concerned that our Negro families are happier when they live in their own communities” (Hansberry, 1959, p.553). This affects the Younger family by putting obstacles that prevent them from moving into a better neighborhood and from having a better life style.
Families that face discrimination are forced to live in poor neighborhoods that prevents them from providing better education to their children or finding better job opportunities to fight...