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Matthew Hill Professor Deyon Williams ENC 1102 May 18, 2016 Black Fruit; Broken Walls Not all dark fruit is sweet; not all dark fruit is rotten. Society is surprised when they take a bite of the fruit and the juice taste different than what they anticipated. Society is surprised when their prejudice Wall* crumbles under the force of individuality. John Lewis was that force in his time. Martin Luther was that force in his time. The Walls were destroyed, but like any ruined artifact, there’s always somebody who tries to restore it. Society had a child. His name is Modern Society. He likes to restore things. Here we are now- a new Wall; a new brand of aggression toward the individualistic qualities of African American men and women. Is there a terrestrial savior who can create a great enough force to collapse this new barrier that has been built around African-Americans? Perhaps. Many call Kendrick Lamar that savior, but it’s going to take more than him to destroy the Wall. Lewis and King Jr. didn’t destroy the wall of stereotyping all by themselves. They had an army- an army of black Americans who challenged the preconceived notions of ebony culture and traits. They had an army who oxymoronically fought with peace. Kendrick can try to challenge stereotypes, but he will ultimately fail. The Wall is too sturdy, today. The only way stereotyping can fall is with assistance from us all – black, white, and everything in between.
It’s kind of pathetic, humans have had thousands of years to figure the world out and it seems that morally we still can’t get it right, especially with the issue of races. It must just be a testament to the flawed ways of mankind. Even in this modern liberalistic America, it’s crazy that we still stereotype people, especially African-Americans. People within a stereotyped group are deprived of their individuality and expected to share similar traits based solely on their membership in the group (Rey). Why can’t people free their minds in the year 2016? If people can’t overcome this issue now, they may never. Stereotyping caused by cultural ignorance and media representation is a major problem in Modern Society and is holding the country back from becoming a prejudice-free union. Every time people metaphorically “sweep it under the rug”, it only becomes worse. The Wall only gets bigger and more impenetrable.

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