Racism Essay On Racism

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Racism. Which is often associated with discrimination against African Americans or the minority. But Racism is beyond just African Americans, nevertheless to, every culture and race around the world. Discrimination is occurring around the world, which raises questions. Is racism growing in the world? Is affirmative action unlawful? The questions are the result of racial issues of today and problems in not only the United States, but also in the world. The solutions to reduce racism is having government regulations and more awareness in modern education. “How It Feels to Be Colored Me” by Zora Neale Hurston and “The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named María” by Judith Ortiz Cofer are autobiographies that reveal the hurt and challenges of discrimination or stereotypes by the white society. And where discrimination and stereotypes was a daily routine for them. The two authors shared the message on discrimination and stereotypes, which is about race.Black is a race that has been discriminated for centuries all around the world. Hurston, who is black, also has been discriminated. For example, “Someone is always at my elbow reminding me that I am the granddaughter of slaves” (187). The important phrase Hurston uses is “my elbow reminding me”. Hurston informs the reader that someone, particularly white, always reminds her that she will always be black and always a slave in the eyes of white society. Hurston published her story in the 1920s, which was after Civil War, which was about 60 years in the past, and people still want to put down Hurston and the black race. The significance of her story is the relevance it has today. African-Americans still feel oppressed in many ways, after over 50 years of the civil right movement. Racism is worse now than the past. A poll that asks if racism is a big problem? (see fig. 1) The poll shows how big of a problem racism has become. Cofer also has been discriminated against or stereotyped like Hurston. For example, “He began to shout-sing a ditty to the tune of ‘La Bamba’ except the lyrics were about a girl named María whose exploits all rhymed with her name and gonorrhea” (107). First, a white man sings a Mexican song to María, which he thought

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