Overcoming Racism Essay

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In his famous “I Have a Dream” Speech, Dr. Martin Luther King stated, “Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred” on regarding how to deal with racism in America. Having more class than your opponent and keeping ones dignity is still possible when pursuing equality, though it may not always be easy. Judith Ortiz Cofer tells in her essay, “The Myth of the Latin Woman”, what it is like growing up a Puerto Rican woman in white America, also that one does not need violence or cruelty to overcome racism and stereotypes or to gain equality. Americas tend to be closed minded. …show more content…
Cofer makes the observation in her essay, that not many Hispanics get the opportunity of getting a good education, as she did. She counts herself as one of the lucky ones (97). And the same assumption can be made for the same minority groups as well. Not too long ago, the government and school systems were not as concerned about equal opportunity education, as they are today. The old schooling system resembled so what of the Social Darwin Movement, which states: all poor people are poor because of their own doing. Basically that they deserve their hardships and un-nurturing environment because if they were not so lazy, they would have the same opportunities and advantages as the rich. But the reality is, no one can choose what family they are born into. Hating someone for something they cannot control is wrong. It is also wrong that these opportunities are being restrained, therefore setting these children up for failure. And through the poverty that is forced on so many; stereotypes are born. When Baldwin moved from Harlem, New York, to New Jersey, he said “I knew about jim-crow but I had never experienced it.” (56).

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