This essay scrutinizes racism and its related issues in John Grisham``s novels, A Time to Kill and The Chamber, and later compares them with Ernest J. Gaines``s A Lesson Before Dying to exemplify the difference between the perspectives of white and black peoples on race issues in the United States. Grisham, who is better known as a popular legal-thriller writer, attempts to describe the irony of "the original sin" of a black man in a white-centric society through Carl Lee Hailey who kills two white rapists of her daughter in A Time to Kill, while in The Chamber he portrays white people``s inescapable dilemma from the ideologies of racial prejudice. Grisham argues that the social and political situation of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries did not allow white people to be ideologically independent from racism in the latter novel. Even though A Lesson Before Dying conceives a similar topic to that of The Chamber, and was published in between the two Grisham novels, Gaines never attempts to excuse white people while he is diligently working to establish autonomy and human dignity in black men``s mind. The dissimilar approaches prove a gulp between blacks`` and whites`` thought in terms of perceiving race issues in America.