Throughout The Course, We Have Learned How Race And Discrimination

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Throughout the course, we have learned how race and discrimination against race are present in our daily lives. Racial issues have not just started occurring however, even when we were children discrimination could be seen every day through the media we were exposed to. From beloved childhood cartoons to announcers on TV for sports, we can really see how whitewashing and colorism may be more present than ever thought. When looking at topics, such as, colorism we have to first take a look at the history behind it. In the journal article “Skin-color Prejudice and Within-Group Racial Discrimination: Historical and current Impact on Latino/a Populations”. We can go all the way back to the conquest of Latin America and look at the massacres…show more content…
Simone wrote the book for her friend who was not proud to be Latino. She appreciated his culture, so she wrote the book with a Latino hero, but unfortunately, she did not change any stereotypes. While looking about her writing I could not find any information stating she did research on the Latino culture and went out as worked with Latinos to write her book. Instead, she used what she viewed in a high school the difference between how she saw the Latinos and whites. The Latino community in the story was very poor and involved in gangs, high violence, most of the students were lazy, stupid, and trouble makers. She also describes most of the Latino characters having dark skin and black hair, even the cover pictures a dark man with a tattoo on his arm. Even though Elkeles went in writing the paper with good intentions her ignorance still defined the dark Latinos as the bad guy in the book. In the end, she creates him as the hero by having him be the only one to get out of the gang and to go to college. Sadly, she did not break stereotypes and colorism associated with Latinos but reinforced it even more. However, books are not the only media where people of color can be misrepresented. I found the journal article, “Biased voices of sports: racial and gender stereotyping in college basketball announcing” that even when given equal opportunity to play on the floor the racism does not stop there. This article really concentrates on announcers portraying African

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