Analysis Of ' A Letter I My Son ' By James Baldwin

2192 Words Apr 2nd, 2016 9 Pages
Racism in North America, although a social construct, is almost a natural instinct. Humans are not born with race but rather are raised to see people a certain way which is a quality that stays with them throughout the rest of their lives. “Race discrimination involves treating someone unfavorably because of the individuals certain race or because of personal characteristics associated with race such as hair texture, skin color, or certain facial features” (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, para. 1). Any country located on the Asian continent like China and India are naturally considered “Asian”. The fact being Middle Eastern countries Saudi Arabia and Iraq are also Asian. In ‘A letter to my nephew’, James Baldwin emphasises how poorly the black culture is being treated. Stressing how, specifically, his people are treated so poorly only based on their skin color which takes away from one 's culture and tradition involving the takeover of racism, minimizing the culture. What most fail to realize is that Asians, are racially assaulted by numerous individuals and this goes unpunished in the U.S and must be acknowledged.

History of racism against Asians is rarely discussed. The Angell Treaty of 1880 modified the US-China Burlingame Treaty of 1868, accepting the suspension of Chinese immigrants in the U.S. Followed by “The Chinese Exclusion Act which was a United States federal law signed by President Chester A. Arthur on May 6, 1882. It was the most significant…
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