Set’s father tells him stories of racism and loss. These incidents haunt his father who feels he is helpless to see justice done. While speaking to his neighbors, Set finds that his father has told them the same stories and that his neighbors feel the same rage.
The stories of lynching, of legal corruption and the activities of the Ku Klux Klan leader, Hiram Wesley Evans have profound effects on Set, the results of which raise themselves in the closing chapter.
The front page of the newspaper below, dated June 20, 1928, reports on an unspeakable crime which Set’s father recounts in the opening chapter of Set at Random.