Hum 106 Wk 7.1,7.2,7.3,7.4,7.5

Hum 106 Wk 7.1,7.2,7.3,7.4,7.5 - Nicole Barbour Humanities...

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Nicole Barbour Humanities 106 7.1 Summary of Part VI The Effects of Discrimination It is known that discrimination still plays a major role in people’s lives in our society. Often times the prejudice that people face effects many aspects of their lives and contributes to labeling and harmful stereotyping. One’s prejudicial incidents are known to have damaging effects and can often have life-long consequences. Many of the essays from the text evaluate discriminative experiences that people from varying races, classes, and genders have gone through. In “Suicide Note,” by Janice Mirikitani and “Yellow,” by Frank Wu, the experiences and the results of constantly being stereotyped are addressed. Mirikitani recalls the life of an Asian American girl who was attending college and “was reported to have jumped to her death,” all because she “received less than a perfect four point grade average” (425). Asian Americans have always been labeled as being extremely intelligent and that typecast is very hard to live up to. This is evident within the suicide note that the young girl wrote to her parents saying that she was sorry because she was “not good enough not pretty enough not smart enough” (Mirikitani 425). This labeling is again reinforced by Frank Wu when he acknowledges experiences he has had with people regarding his race. Wu has come to the conclusions that “[r]ace is more than black and white” (416). By the incidents is his life such as being referred to as a standard Asian category instead of being acknowledged from what country he actually originated from, he has realized that “[s]ometimes I have an encounter that demonstrates how easily people can be
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transfixed by a racial stereotype (Wu 415). In Frank Wu’s essay the issue of Asian Americans truly being considered individuals and as a part of society is examined. Although Wu maintains the idea that “Asian Americans have been excluded by the very terms used to conceptualize race,” it is important and necessary that they are acknowledged as their own group that is actively part of our society (417). Mary Brave Bird states the effects that prejudice has had in her life in “Civilize Them With a Stick”. Brave Bird, like many other Native American children, were forced to attend religiously run schools and going there has left her with harmful effects. She maintains that it “is almost impossible to explain to a sympathetic white person what a typical old Indian boarding school was like” (Brave Bird 403). Brave Bird affirmed the consequences that it had on children by stating, “It affected the Indian child suddenly dumped into it like a small creature from another world” (403). This maltreatment of the young children had such a damaging outcome for Brave Bird that she hated and couldn’t trust any white person for many years (406). Although this experience occurred many years ago, it is important to note because these types of incidences still happen within society today. When people think of professional sports there is often a preconceived notion that people
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