Borders and Boundries Essay

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Borders and Boundaries In John Sayles movie “Lone Star” and in Silko’s article “The Border patrol State”, the main idea in both the readings revolve around the racial discrimination and the racism based on the ethnicity on the U.S Borders. Both the readings have the clues and evidences where the authors are challenging the conventional notions of the borders in the U.S. Silko, on one hand, sees the border patrol as a governmental assembly addicted to interrogation, torture, and the murder of those they see fit for whereas in John Sayles “Lone Star” determines the stereotypes prevailing at the borders and the whole film then revolves around the idea of discrimination and the connection between these types of people on borders. Both the…show more content…
She involves various stories and life happenings in her article explaining the depth of racism on borders. For example, Silko talks about an experience she had with a friend while driving through southern Texas, when the border patrol officers stopped them and questioned them without cause. While being questioned, the patrol officer waved another vehicle through, which Silko thought had to do with that the passengers of the vehicle were Caucasians. However, Silko in her article involves her true life experience of borders where she was pulled by an officer and was interrogated without any mistake. She wants the readers to actually feel the racial discrimination which they felt when they were stopped by the officers with no relevant reason. Secondly, both the literatures explain the borders as the geographical limit created by man based on skin color and ethnicity. For example, there is an important scene where the army colonel, says, "I want to know what you think," and the private says, "Really?"(35). She has to say that because privates do not get to say what they think to colonels and you have to have a special dispensation. However, it means that once someone crosses border he/she is no more entertained as the citizen or a human of the country. Moreover, there is no respect for anybody crossing the border. To
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