My Vassar College Id Makes Everything Okay By Claudia Rankine

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While racism is seen as a broad topic and people can generally grasp its effects on a broad scale, there are many more personal effects of racism and it effects every person differently. Each person can respond to racism in very different ways, while some may be motivated by it others may be harmed by it. In the essays “My Vassar College ID Makes Everything Okay” by Kiese Laymon and “The Meaning of Serena Williams” by Claudia Rankine, the authors analyze how people react to racism in their lives. Along with the analysis, both authors also looks at how those perpetrating racism react to the effects of it. In “My Vassar College ID Makes Everything Okay” by Kiese Laymon, Laymon evaluates how the racism in both his and college students’ lives have influenced them, while “The Meaning of Serena Williams” by Claudia Rankine mainly focuses on how racism affects Serena Williams. When comparing these two groups of people, the extremely wealthy or famous and all the other African-Americans, we can definitely see some glaring differences the reaction to racism in their lives. While both these groups of people experience racism throughout their lives, the nature of this racism is fundamentally different due to how each group reacts to it, how it influenced their lives, and who instigates this racism towards them. I begin by analyzing the racism that Williams encounters, as a general example for the very wealthy or famous, and looking at how it can influence their lives. Then, I look at

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