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Analysis Of Effigies By Lucinda Roy

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Through history, humanity had to deal with the same constant problem: racism. As a matter of fact, there is more than one type of racism. For example, there is racism by religion, by language, by country, by genre, and also by race. Apparently, society has a global idea of what is acceptable and what is politically correct. The story “Effigies” by Lucinda Roy, develop around Samuel Bernard Monroe, who always identify himself with, he believed, the right racial group, indeed he made a career out of “being black”. After all, the credibility of his identity is then in judgment after his nemesis Seraye Underwood, who was a “true black person” with strong skills and knowledgment about African-American studies, based her argument against him in the fact that he didn’t look “black”. The term of what counts is quality, not quantity, is globally known, as well as the achievements of a person do not have a color. As result, not having a specific cultural background nor physical characteristic should be part in the judgment of someone’s ability, moreover it shouldn't be a reason to hire or fire a person. First of all, firing someone for his or her physical aspects or have specific requirements of ethnicity promotes discrimination. Notably, this highlights the differences between races and ethnicities instead of focusing on the similarities, as in the history the President Trenchard will focus on Underwood’s comment about Monroe’s “white appearance” instead of considering the
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