All people from all backgrounds share the same consistent tendency of forming an opinion within a matter of seconds. This opinion can be influenced by both subtle messages received during one’s upbringing as seen in in ZZ Packer’s short story “Brownies” or may be a part of a strong historical tradition as seen in Sherman Alexie’s short story “Happy Trails”. The reality of this ever-present prejudice is that the judgments made by characters in these stories can appear to be petty observations at the surface, but are really deeply rooted prejudices that are a result of their family influence and upbringing. “Troop 909 was doomed from the first day of camp; they were white girls, their complexions of ice cream: strawberry, vanilla" but smell…show more content… My mother could be stingy like that. Keeping the old traditions locked inside her rib cage. She’d rather let them die than have them corrupted by a cell-phone Indian like me” (Alexie 4). The result of this rejection by his mother was that he is able to see his world without the haze of cultures biases.
Families can have a tremendous impact on a person’s beliefs and perceptions on every aspect of life. More often than not, this concept shapes an individual through the values they were raised up on. It is unintentional on the part of the family itself but, more of the fact that lessons taught through experience and seclusion from outside sources, molds a person’s personality and perception of others. The location someone was raised up attributes to a distorted view of others. Laurel said that “When you lived in the south suburbs of Atlanta, it was easy to forget about whites” Whites were like those baby pigeons; real and existing, but rarely seen or thought about” (Packer 4). Laurel and the other six girls in her troop grew up in a predominantly racially segregated area. They went to Woodrow Wilson Elementary, in the inner city. To them, white people were seen as invaders. She describes her encounters with moms and daughters shopping; saying that they could be seen “cooing over dresses” (Packer 4). The descriptions she gives are very derogatory and paint these people as materialistic even though Laurel has never met them. In the short story