of the American family and if one achieves such family, he or she will be accepted throughout society. He believes his family is too dirty and carefree, refusing the dress up or even wear shoes during dinnertime. He feels excluded because his friends have more toys than he does and he is separated from the good kids and labeled as one of the “stupids.” His family is not impacted by his desires because they have grown up with a different culture and do not feel the urge to change to something that would seem strange and unusual to them. 2. The narrator first goes looking for work because he hopes to be wealthy when he grows up and wants to be like the other working people on his block. However, by theend of the story the narrator goes looking for work and small change in order to spendit on recreational activities such as a day at the swimming pool. 3. As a mature adult, Soto now realizes what the upset face on David’s mom was fromor how others view him and his family. “I tried to convince them that if we improved the way we looked we might get along better in life. White people would like us more.” A nine year old boy should not be worrying about abandoning fun activities to become wealthy or attempting to change his culture in order to fit in like the rest of the American society. “The Color of Family Ties” by Naomi Gerstel and Natalia Sarkisian talks of the differences between relationships in the families of different ethnicities. Blacks and Latinos are seen to lack the strong family bond that the Whites have obtained.
Michelle McNeillDr. Steven K. Steinberg English Comp 3 Section 29The Blacks and Latinos have more single parenthood and non-marriage families than Whites do, however they live closer to their extended kin than do White people. Whites are more likely to help with financial aid while Blacks and Latinos help with practical supportive tasks. In the end, social class is what determines how similar
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