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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

by Mildred D. Taylor

Justice and Injustice Quotes

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Quote #1

"When Henrietta went to the sheriff and told him what she'd seen, he called her a liar and sent her on home. Now I hear tells that some of them men that done it been 'round braggin' 'bout it. Sayin' they'd do it again if some other uppity nigger get out of line." (2.58)

It's a sad fact that in the world of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, law enforcement is unfairly biased toward whites. The Wallaces are not punished for what they do (murder!), even though they go around town bragging about the burnings. The African Americans clearly do not have equal protection under the law.

Quote #2

"You know I'm glad no one was hurt—could've been too with such a deep ditch—but I'm also glad it happened." (3.110)

It's Poetic Justice Time: for their cruelty, the white school children are getting a taste of what it's like to have to walk to school (and keep in mind that some of the black children, like Moe Turner, have a three-and-a-half-hour trek to school). Mama's comment shows justice tempered by mercy, though. The white schoolchildren are getting what they deserve, but haven't been significantly harmed in the process. We'd feel better if they got splashed by mud a few times, just to really get the whole effect, though.

Quote #3

"Ah, shoot! White ain't nothing!' (6.54)

We feel you, Cassie. It seems incredibly unfair to her that people be judged by their skin color, and not less superficial traits (like actions).

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