Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

cassie's encounter with lillian jean simms follows immediately after the barnett incident. does this complete her education in how her colour and class are discriminated against? is her humiliation completed now?

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I think that it certainly reinforces her sense of injustice for blacks. Cassie's journey to Strawberry is a metaphor for her exposure to a wider world beyond her home. She is disappointed when she sees Strawberry because it is a small, shabby place. Racism in Strawberry is more apparent and more acceptable than it is in Cassie's smaller town. In Strawberry, Big Ma is not a supreme power but instead must bow to the will of a powerful white man, no matter how much she might disagree with him. When Cassie cries at the end of the chapter, her tears represent her loss of innocence.