Racial Discrimination Past, Present, And Future

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Racial Discrimination Past, Present, and Future

Civil rights activist Al Sharpton said, “We have come a long way from the days of slavery, but in 2014, discrimination and inequality still saturate our society in modern ways”. This quote rings true where equality in the workplace is concerned. In Toni Cade Bambara’s short story “The Lesson”, we see what social discrimination looks like through the eyes of children who are observing a wealthier part of town. In their eyes, they see and injustice and question why it is not being altered into something centered more on equality and equal opportunity. Toni Cade Bambara’s story “The Lesson” is written to make a point about racial discrimination in the workplace and social inequality.

In Bambara’s short story, we are told the tale of several kids who are being taken for a day out by Miss Moore, a woman in their neighborhood. Along the way, she gives them lessons about how to handle money and to pay fairly. She also teaches them that just by saving, they can eventually get what they want. While she talks away, the kids observe their surroundings. They feel out of place in the wealthy neighborhood that Miss Moore has brought them to in the story. Something that helped show there was judgment and a feeling of uneasiness, was when one of the children stated, “But what I got to be shamed about? Got as much right to go in as anybody” (Bambara). This was said when they were walking into the toy store. The children could sense hate or
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