in the first 5 chapters
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Cassie looks at the old text books that have been handed to them at school. This is the first year that the book's condition is listed as "very poor" and the first time that the race of the student is listed as "nigra" instead of "white."
The driver of the white children's school bus enjoys splashing them with mud when he drives by.
Mr. Avery appears at their door and announces that "They's ridin' t'night." These are the "Night Men" that go around hunting Negros at night.
We find out that cars are solely a white possession.
The white school has nice buildings where as the black school is a series of shacks.