In A Raisin in the Sun, why does Beneatha say that she is not on assimilationist

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May 28th, 2015
because Beneatha did not want to conform to the ways of whites

At the beginning of the scene, Beneatha is wearing the Nigerian traditional garb that Joseph Asagai has given her as a gift, and she is dancing to traditional music.  When George arrives to take her out on a date, Beneatha gets into an argument with him about his upper class values which she deems as "assimilationist."  By this, Beneatha means that she thinks that George has lost touch with his ancestral African roots and that he has conformed to American societal standards (here she implies that these standards are racially bound and based on "white" culture).  Beneatha thinks that she is more well-rounded person because she claims to understand her heritage.

May 28th, 2015

Is there a quote I can get to help support my answer also? :)

May 28th, 2015

let me find the quote for you

May 28th, 2015

Thank u :)

May 28th, 2015
She goes on to say that she hates ‘assimilationist Negroes’. Ruth asks what this means and George replies, ‘it’s just a college girl’s way of calling people Uncle Toms – but that isn’t what it means at all.’


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