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A Raisin in the Sun

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Why does Mama buy a house in an all-white neighborhood?

Mama wants to buy a house to secure a more comfortable standard of living for the whole Younger family. However, now that she has the money to invest in a house, Mama learns that the real estate available to Black families tends to be inconveniently located and overpriced. As she explains to Walter and Ruth: “Them houses they put up for colored in them areas way out all seem to cost twice as much as other houses.” For these reasons, Mama decides to purchase a home in the all-white neighborhood of Clybourne Park. Mama doesn’t intentionally make this decision to subvert the status quo of racial segregation, but her attempt “to find the nicest place for the least amount of money for my family” still entails an implicit act of resistance.