Throughout their lifetimes, individuals encounter a variety of challenges that test their resilience. Sometimes it targets a person’s personality, beliefs, race or culture. It can follow an individual throughout their life or stay in it for a period of time. However, with a strong personality and a determined goal, these obstacles can be conquered. An example of an obstacle that can be a battle in everyday life is prejudice, mostly against the different types of race. Racism is the false conviction that one race is more unrivaled than the other which isolated the world to what it is today. It is a part of human nature, and unfortunately, many people don’t know their limits when it comes to it. Some other individuals, however, have internal conflicts with themselves which, in some situations, limits them from the world.
Discrimination can have negative effects on the mental health of those who are targeted. According to the American Psychological Association, "For many adults, dealing with discrimination results in a state of heightened vigilance and changes in behavior, which in itself can trigger stress responses — that is, even the anticipation of discrimination is sufficient to cause people to become stressed.7 AI/AN adults are most likely (43 percent) to take care about what they say and how they say it, as well as to avoid certain situations, to cope with day-to-day discrimination. Hispanic and Black adults (31 percent and 29 percent, respectively) are most likely to say they feel a need to take care with their appearance to get good service or avoid harassment. Many adults also report trying to prepare for possible insults from other people before leaving home (25 percent of AI/AN, 23 percent of Blacks, 21 percent of Hispanics and 15 percent of Asians and Whites) (The Impact)." The data they collected shows the effect of discrimination of people of different races. The stress put on people from discrimination leads to mental problems and the feeling that you don't deserve better. In the book, Henrietta marries her older cousin after he had probably taken advantage of her as a young child. Henrietta most likely did this because she was afraid of what Day would do to her and she didn’t have really
Adams, W. Blumenfeld, C. Castaneda, H. Hackman, M. Peters, & X. Zuniga book “Readings in diversity and social justice” chapters 6-10 (2010) they discussed in order to rid oppression it starts with recognizing our social identity and how it contributed to our socialization. In order to understand socialization you need to understand the socialization cycle. Supporting subordinate groups are privileged and target groups are disfranchised but the worse is these roles are determined without our permission. The authors argue that once individuals understand oppression and want to make a change they become frustrated with the process of liberation. Supporting that the process of liberation is a cycle that begins with empowerment of self, ends with maintain, and at the core is a serious of attributes (self-love, hope, self-esteem, balance, joy, support, security, spiritual base, and authentic love of others. In differ the authors’ further support the idea white people are compensating for the system of advantage but as high as the cost of black people. The authors back up this claim through the notion of whites benefit from racism but they don’t all benefit
Discrimination is another key concern for the author as he is struggling to overcome poverty, racism and intolerance. Discrimination comes in many different forms and is defined by the textbook as being any behavior directed against persons because of their membership in a particular group. As a young man Williams experienced many acts of discrimination directed towards both himself and his family. For example, after fishing one evening Carl wanted a soda but couldn?t get one from the drive-in they were passing because ?blacks were barred from the drive-in like every down-town restaurant? (Williams, 225). Another example of discrimination appears in the text when Black students were unable to obtain teaching positions once they graduated from Ball State University because of the color of their skin.
Once Martin Luther King Jr. the American Minister announced, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” What Martin Luther King Jr. is saying here is that injustice can spread out everywhere unnoticeably quick and it can shape everyone’s identity. Just a bit of injustice can modify a person from their thinking to their physical forms. To go through injustice is a big deal, and to act on it is rare. In Arnold Junior’s diary, A Diary Of Part-Time Indian, By Sherman Alexie, Junior is faced with multiple injustices, and to act on them, he leaves the reservation and goes to a “White people only” school, Reardan. The ones that he left behind have a much hatred on Junior, but he knows better than that. He can’t look back. The only choice left for him is to keep going forward. Similarly,in the book A Long Way Gone, by Ishmael finds himself at a loss because he had lost all his family and lots of his friends during the civil war in Sierra Leone, and he doesn’t know where they are or if they are alive or dead,he is suddenly joined the government and is known as the boy soldier. He is hurt everywhere. He doesn’t know anything at all, but he has to keep going. Many individuals like Junior and Ishmael faced with injustice suffer great loss, but in order to prevent more loss from happening, they have to take big risks. This might lead to much hatred from those left behind. However, when they draw on an inner resilience they are able to succeed in their quest for justice.
Whether it’s trying to cope with living in poverty, being different from others, or questioning fate; all internal battles that these authors are writing about in their essays. In the essay ‘Shame’ by Dick Gregory, he explains what he must do since he is living in poverty. Nevertheless, his family doesn’t have much money he goes to school on an empty stomach, which makes him fidgety in class. He doesn’t have hardly any food at home so, he does anything he can to eat something, even if it’s not meant for eating, “Paste doesn’t taste too bad when you’re hungry.” (Gregory 165). In another essay ‘White Lies’ by Erin Murphy, the internal battle that Connie, the new girl, has, is being different from others. “Connie is albino…Only her eyelids had color”. (Murphy 154). Nobody looks like Connie and people make fun of her for it. She doesn’t look the same as her family members. She is beside herself with her appearance. The teacher doesn’t stop the bullying either. Everyday Connie hears the same
The essay that I am writing stems from the short story by Sherman Alexie titled “Flight Patterns”. In this story it gives us some insight on even though people are subjected to discrimination, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
Ralph Ellison’s “On Being the Target of Discrimination” illustrates a personal narrative on how racial discrimination affects individuals emotionally and psychologically in order to inform people who have never experienced discrimination through the inclusion of emotional appeal, logical appeal, and the structure of the story. The author specifically targets people of caucasian heritage who are primarily male due to their inexperience with unequal treatment and opportunities.
In the book Warriors Don’t Cry, the children of Little Rock were greatly influenced by the society on how they should treat people of color. For example, the students of Central High School were considerably shaped and groomed by their parents racist views. Link’s father told him “colored folks are used to doing without, and i ought not spoil them” (282). These comments have caused children to believe that people of color don't deserve to anything, which led to the verbal and physical abuse towards the nine students at Central High School.
The central idea of this article is about the unfair treatment people are facing because of intersectionality. Such as Nicole, her grades are suffering, shes always late to class,etc. As The teachers dont dig deep into why she is late and her grades are suffering. They believe because she is a female African she is not doing well in her classes. What they dont know is that her socioeconomic status is low, and she has to take care of her two younger siblings.
How does it feel like to be a problem? Many would answer this question in different ways. Everyone has experienced “being the problem” in different ways. However, in terms of race, the answer to this question was similar among most African Americans. Living like they are a problem, consists of a majority of their lives. Different documents ranging from 1903 to our present day in 2015 mirror this same ideology. People such as W.E.B DuBois, Anne Moody, Martin Luther King Jr., and Barack Obama, expressed the same concern. Many people in our society, past and present, see being African American as a sign of inferiority. Race shouldn’t be the distinguishing factor between people. Moody, King, Obama, and DuBois all show that the fixation on race was a debilitating problem and appealed to their audiences for action to break free of these prejudices by trying to identify the problems and recommending courses of action.
The next segment during Diversity Day would have counselors running groups in order to educate students to stand up for others and also hear first-hand stories from other students that have been treated differently for being different. Counselors will facilitate students in discussing past stories of witnessing or receiving discrimination and have the students discuss what they have heard. For students that have witnessed these acts, they can discuss how they felt when they decided to stop the act of discrimination. Additionally, they can also discuss with the student how they felt when they decided to not stop the act of discrimination. For the students that have suffered from acts of discrimination they can explain how they felt when someone stepped in to help them. Additionally, students can explain how it felt when no one stepped in and just watched as they suffered from discrimination. The purpose of this activity is to educate the students on how the victims feel when someone helps them compared to someone who does not. Additionally, it will educate students on how people felt when they helped someone in need compared to someone who watched the incident without intervening.
Throughout the past couple of weeks, the readings revolved around oppression. These readings have talked about oppression as being pervasive, restrictive, hierarchical, intentional, unintentional, institutionalized, and so much more. These examples show us how oppression is taking over our society, and it is going to take a lot for it to finally disappear. One way that individuals believe oppression can start to deteriorate is through the process of social justice. The end game of social justice is to make sure there is equality for everyone present in our society today. Yet, we know that having social justice present is a process that will not happen overnight. By breaking down and analyzing oppression, it could help many individuals understand
The book’s character’s main problem is finding individuality in racism. For the duration of the book, the narrator is constantly fighting racism and stereotypes. Ellison put many examples in the book to help show the character’s fight to be seen equal. Ellison shows that, through the character himself, that you can not tell people who to be. However, Ellison throws curves at the narrator that challenges
This code of conduct becomes the social norm, where most people see no other way of life. They become completely oblivious to their wrong ways. Provincialism of the caucasian minority is encapsulated by a quote from Mrs Holbrook, “They carry different diseases than we do. That’s why I’ve drafted the Health Sanitation Initiative.” Clearly ‘they’ is people of colour - this is absolutely false, yet people believed it. A similar quote is used in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ , “Prosecuting comes from people who are prejudice”. It would be impossible for children to escape these beliefs if their teachers, who are pillars in their community, are ignorant of their own bias. Stockett incorporated many examples of inequality and discrimination in ‘The Help’ , and gives readers an insight into the prejudiced actions of people in the 1960’s.