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Racism And Racism

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Stereotyping has become a topic of increasing sociological and political importance and Islamophobia in America is on rise after 9/11. In the United States racial and ethnic stereotyping is always been a problem. Where people are being generalized because of the limited and inaccurate information and how media portray the picture of minorities. People have lack of knowledge about other religion and cultures and they make assumptions about based on information from news and some of the television shows. This is a definition that goes against the human standards. Just because a particular person from a particular race does something very wrong, everyone from that race is being discriminated by people from so-called other races. This practice…show more content…
Many jokes would be made about the fact that I had good manners, was smart, did not smell like Pakistani food, and had many other traits that separated me from the other stereotypes of being Indian. Some students even went as far as to tell me that I was more Americanized rather than Pakistani. Although these comments are small and seemingly harmless, they immediately formed in me an insecurity of being smart and brown at the same time. I began to believe they could not exist together. The more I was taunted and mocked at, the more insecure I became and the more unwilling I was to make friends and trust the other kids in my class. I felt like an outcast and I started to do things that would make me different from the other kids because I did not want to lose the identity of me being Pakistani. So I started to go in my traditional clothes once in a while or started to bring Pakistani food to the class to share with other students. I started to do things differently just like Brent Staples said in his essay Just Walk On By A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space: “I began to take precautions to make myself less threatening. I move about with care, particularly late in the evening (Pg.263)”. It shows how Staples started to change himself for people to feel that they are safe around him or to be accepted by other individuals in society. The hard part about surviving school was never the academics for me, it was always a social struggle and
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