The first half of Chapter 12 interrupts the story of Stephen

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The first half of Chapter 12 interrupts the story of Stephen's search. Chapter 9 shows the problems  of the blacks in finding a place to live, and this chapter shows the problems of the whites in dealing  with the blacks. There is a conflict between fear and constructiveness. Paton surveys white attitudes toward the trouble brewing among the blacks, handles the main points,  and shows that there is little constructive action because there are too many differing views and that  it is easier to use police and oppression than to solve problems. One of the main problems presented in the novel is that of lawlessness and civil disobedience. The  people live in fear because there is so much lawlessness, and they have no knowledge of what  terrible event will occur next. The people are no longer able to enjoy the beauties of nature. Because  of fear, man is left in a desperate plight. Many voices are heard: one person demands more police to protect the whites from theft, muggings, 
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