Summary Of ' Ellen Degeneres ' Essay

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On her award-winning talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ellen talks with an eight-year-old boy, Demarjay Smith, whose dream is to become a personal trainer and to beat the Olympic Gold Medalist, Usain Bolt, in a race. Usain Bolt surprises Demarjay on the show and agrees to race him. Usain Bolt loses intentionally. The Olympics are a time for joy and celebration throughout a country; but after one post, this jovial time turned into something serious. Ellen DeGeneres, posted on twitter a “funny” picture of her and Usain Bolt, saying, “This is how I’m running errands from now on.” What was supposed to be comical turned into a huge debacle. By looking at Ellen DeGeneres’ meme, we can see that Ellen is photoshopped onto Usain Bolt’s back as he almost wins the Olympic Gold Medal; this is important, because many deemed this meme as racist due to America’s history of slavery. The backlash from the ad is significant, because it highlights how freedom of speech is becoming more and more restricted in our society.

In America, there is a history of discrimination against African Americans, which started with slavery. Starting in 1619, African slaves were brought over to America to work on plantations to help produce crops, such as tobacco and cotton. Slaves “were prohibited from learning to read and write, and their behavior and movement was restricted. Many masters…rewarded obedient slave behavior with favors, while rebellious slaves were brutally punished”

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