Discussion 9 english 103.docx - James Loewen in Sundown Towns A Hidden Dimension of American Racism highlights the hidden racism in America According to

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James Loewen in Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism, highlights the hidden racism in America. According to Loewen, exclusive white towns known as, Sundown towns were mostly located in the south and sprung up during the twentieth century. He argues that such towns still exist in present day and argues that such towns should be eliminated to reduce racism by embracing racial integration. Loewen contributes to the discourse of racism in America by examining the history, existence and sociology of these towns. The history discussed by the author fits the current context of controversies concerning black lives matter campaigns and white supremacy. The statement, “Don't let the sun go down on you in this town” (Loewen), illustrates the extent of racial banishment in American villages and towns. “Maine to California, thousands of communities kept out African Americans by force, law, or custom. Some towns are still all white on purpose” (Loewen). This statement demonstrates racial oppression and lobbies debates over racism in present day. The author’s tone is formal and implores the reader to take action. The author uses words such as “Nigger”. The word is offensive and derogative towards black Americans. Such word choice emphasizes the extent of racism in America. Through personal narration and causal structure, Loewen discusses the history, sociology, cause and effects of sundown towns on black community and the society. He demonstrates racism in America invoking the reader to acknowledge and consider how to curb racism now and in the future. Reference Loewen, James W. Sundown towns: A hidden dimension of American racism. The New Press, 2018

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