Critical Race Theory
Those who are not the majority, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant “stock” of Grover’s Corners are ignoredand seen as inferior to all else
Migration toward the end of the seventeenth century of Englishbrachiocephalic blue-eyed stock…for the most part. Since then some Slav and Mediterranean --
And the population, Professor Willard” (Wilder 22).
“Thus, following the logic of physical segregation, a code for the physical separation, a kind of ideological segregation governed [them]” (Nelson).
In Grover’s Corners, there is a clear discrimination against those who are not the majority Anglo-Saxon population. Yet, this discrimination is not one of clear racism, but instead is one basedupon ignorance. In the Stage Manager’s conversation with Professor Willard, he only allows theProfessor time to elaborate upon the backgrounds of the majority of those living in Grover’sCorners. When the time comes to talk about the minority Slavic and Mediterranean people,Willard is abruptly cut off. The Stage Manager and Willard indirectly insult those who aren’t themajority by simply ignoring their very presence. As Nelson says, there is a “code” that “governs”the segregation. In Grover’s Corners, this code is one of silence, which quietly suppresses allthat it victimizes. The racism of Grover’s Corners is not one of aggressive confrontation, butinstead that of passive aggressive shunning.