Racial Concerns In, "Cry, The Beloved Country", By Alan Paton.

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Racial Concerns in Cry, the Beloved CountryIn the story, Cry, the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton, depicts about Ablsom Kumalo's search for his son in Johannseburg, and he later knew that his son killed white man. His son, Ablsom, is convicted for guilty charges, and that shows that white society is filled with discrimination and injustice. Yet, this murder had brought Stephen Kumalo and James Jarvis, a black and white man together. James was the father of the man who Ablsom had killed. This story is about serching for truth, hope, friendship and caring, self-preservation, racial discrimination, and racial concerns about the for black people. Most of the people who live in slum area came from village (Ndoshouki, Ixopo), lost their morale, and became corrupted person. Also, their racial concerns in the South Africa is being depicted by racial harmony and human decency denied by South African Government and idea of "True" Christianity in Author Jarvis's essay. Thus, Cry, the Beloved Country demonstrates South Africa's difficulty lying in self-preservation rather than in progress toward racial equality.First, racial concerns could be depicted from why black people commit such heinous crimes, like the killing of Arthur Jarvis. Black South Africans are allowed to own only limited quantities of land, the natural resources of these areas are sorely taxed. The soil of Ndotsheni turns on its inhabitants, white people--depleted by careless planting and pasturing, the land becomes a waste. For this reason, most young people leave the rural villages to seek work in the cities. "The white man has broken the tribe. And it is my belief--and again I ask your pardon--that it cannot be mended again. But the house that is broken, and the man that falls apart when the house is broken, these are the tragic things. That is why children break the law, and old white people are robbed and beaten. It suited the white man to break the tribe, but it has not suited him to build something in the place of what is broken." (Chapter 5, 36)Reverend Msimangu quoted this statement to Stephan Kumalo when he came to Johannesburg. Msimangu says that this destruction of tribe had begun when the white men came to their land. Young man and women in villages like Ixopo, where Stephan lives, left their hometown and goes to Johannesburg. However, most of these people will eventually become morally corrupted; for example, Geretude sells cheap liquor in the most hazardous area of Johannesburg and prostitutes herself. She committed crime, and she has been in prison. John Kumalo, Stephan's brother, became very effective Civil Rights leader, but he does not demand radical change in the circumstances facing the black population. In other words, his morale is corrupted, and he doesn't care for religion anymore. Abalsom Kumalo hangs with bad friends, and they've betrayed him when the murder of Arthur Jarvis had occurred. Msimangu spoke the cause and consequence of corruption of their African culture...

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