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A Raisin in the Sun demonstrates Black Imagination through Walter and Beneatha’s ability to overcome their financial struggles whilst facing 20th century American racism. Both characters’ problem solving and resilience demonstrate Black Imagination through coming together, making a family decision for the best of them all, despite their arguments. Although this play takes place in the 1900s, the Younger family’s financial struggles are a reality for many black Americans today. The struggles endured by the Youngers demonstrate the struggles of black Americans under the racist systems in the United States– racist systems like housing, healthcare, education and the prison industrial complex (just to name a few) that disproportionately affect black families.
Smith, Jenna, "Black Imagination in "A Raisin in the Sun"" (2022). African-American Literary Traditions. 3.