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Dzurisin Cody Dzurisin FTSY-1313-03 Dr. Levinson 10 October 2017 A Stranger’s Perspective “I was told before arriving that I would probably be a ‘sight’ for the village…”. This quote from James Baldwin not only sets the tone for the essay, but can also support Baldwin’s central argument that racism in this small village of Switzerland is, in a sense, different from racism in America. He justifies the acts of the villagers in Switzerland by explaining that they do not know any better than to be unwelcoming to outsiders due to the modest size of the town. To support this, he uses rhetorical appeals such as logos and ethos to give the reader a better grasp on his argument and his perspective as the outsider. This is mostly done by giving a personal anecdote of his life back in America. Arriving in Switzerland, he knew he wouldn’t be fully submerged in their culture. He knows that the color of his skin has a factor in his treatment everywhere he goes, and Switzerland wasn’t going to be an acceptation. The villagers’ attitudes resembled that of a New Yorker’s attitude, belittling. He explains that even the children shouted vulgar things at him. Baldwin essentially takes the high road in this case. He begins to understand why they think this is okay and why they continue to condone discrimination. As described, this village in Switzerland is extremely small with mountains towering around the outskirts. There was only one religion that was mainly practiced, Catholicism. He continues to describe this place very graphically and emphasizes the size. “In the village there is no movie house,
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