The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain

1100 Words Feb 5th, 2016 5 Pages
“Give me your tired, your poor, you huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” reads the statue of liberty. This is what our country should base our ideals and the way people are treated upon. Based on excerpts from Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, “ The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglas,” “We Treat Racism” “Donald Trump’s Call to Ban Muslim Immigrants,” “Donald Trump’s False Comments Connecting Mexican Immigrants and Crime,” and Ava DuVernay’s “Selma”. It has become very obvious that racism still exists because of social oppression, mass discrimination, and the stereotypes that have been placed on people of color to this day. Stereotypes contribute to racism because the can influence racist behavior. In Mark twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” Huck questions his actions because society has told him that Jim is nothing more than a piece of property. He struggles with this idea and eventually sees humanity in Jim and does the right thing. This is the first instance where we see empathy towards slaves in literature. In “The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglas” Douglas contradicts black stereotypes by writing an eloquent narrative to prove that all blacks aren’t uneducated or illiterate. In the film “Birth of a Nation” that was made in 1915, we see white men in blackface portraying blacks as animals, and lusting after white women. This example creates and adds to a black stereotype that is still embedded in our nation. This film and other media…
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