Unfair Treatment - Blacks
In my book there is the cultural assumption that African American (blacks) are treated poorly by the Anglo Saxon American (Whites) in the 1900's. Blacks being the Minority group it is understood but still not acceptable in the society.
In this case it is the unfair treatment of Crooks the Negro stable buck where he is separated from the rest of the ranch workers. He has a bunk in the harness room; a little shed that leaned off the wall of the barn. Where the others are in a communal bunk room. His possessions include strips of leather, broken harnesses and horse pills and medicines. His room had only one window and a door that leads to the barn.
The unfair treatment I that he is isolated from the rest of the group. In his spare time he sits alone reading very few books that he has. He was not allowed to attend group activities, occasions such as playing cards, and going out to brothels on Saturday nights. Crooks would just stay home alone by himself.
In his time on the ranch the other worker mostly called him racist names like "Nigger". During this time this was socially tolerable. But this language in today's times is considered intolerable and Racist. An example of this is when Lennie and Candy are in Crooks room, when all the other ranch workers are out on the town, Curley's wife comes in to Crooks' room and starts having a go at him, yelling at him and calling him names for no reason in particular other because he has dark skin.
I think this horrible treatment of Crook is really bad, excluding him from all activates and separating him from the rest leaving him lonely. It would feel really bad being by yourself all the time and not having anyone to socialise with.
Steinbeck challenges this assumption by allowing Lennie, to get to know Crooks whereas if he was reinforcing the assumption he would most certainly not allow this to happen.