MAMA: Son—how come you talk so much 'bout money? WALTER: Because it is life, Mama! MAMA: Oh—So now it's life. Money is life. Once upon a time freedom used to be life—now it's money. I guess the world really do change ... WALTER: No—it was always money, Mama. We just didn't know about it. MAMA: No ... something has changed. You something new, boy. In my time we was worried about not being lynched and getting to the North if we could and how to stay alive and still have a pinch of dignity too.... Now here come you and Beneatha—talking 'bout things we ain't never even thought about hardly, me and your daddy. You ain't satisfied or proud of nothing we done. I mean that you had a home; that we kept you out of trouble till you was grown; that you don't have to ride to work on the back of nobody's streetcar—You my children—but how different we done become.
Lorraine Hansberry (1930–1965), African American playwright. A Raisin in the Sun, act 1, scene 2 (1959).
The play concerns three generations of Youngers, a black family living together in a Chicago ghetto: Mama Younger, a widow; her grown children Walter Lee and Beneatha; and Walter's wife and son. Walter yearns to make big money, while Beneatha, a college student, has become interested in African culture and what would later be called "black pride."