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Arango Orlando Arango English 101 MW 6-9:10 pm May 14, 2008 Compare/Contrast Essay What They Did to Belong” After reading Brent Staples’ “Just Walk on By: Black Men in Public Space”, Bharati Mukherjee’s “Two Ways to Belong in America, and Judith Ortiz Cofer’s “The Myth of the Latin Women: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria”, I realized that just because you may attain a certain level of education and achieve literary success, you are not immune to the obstacles that a lot of people face when the try to assimilate to American culture. These authors all want to feel like they belong to this country but events that happen in their daily lives lead them to question whether they really do or ever will. All three authors speak of experiences with integrating themselves into American culture. Cofer, Mukherjee, and Staples all are trying to change the racist stereotypes they encounter during their quest to belong, but it appears that Staples’ is resolved to the fact that he can never truly belong in American society no matter how hard he tries. Staples, Mukherjee, and Cofer all detail several accounts of racial stereotyping that they have experienced. First, Staples’ says, “[his] first victim was a woman-white,

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