The Catbird Seat And How My Country Has Caught Me Up

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“An Analysis of Discrimination in Society Today and Critique of the Writing of Martin Luther King Jr., “Indian Education”, “The Catbird Seat” and “How My Country has Caught me Up”. Discrimination is an action that negates social involvement or human right to the categories of people based on prejudice. Those who discriminate are troubled by those who are different from themselves. However, there are some people who connect with those of different races easily, then there are others who are single-minded and want to be hateful. Here in America, discrimination has been just as common now as ever before, just in various ways. Although racism is most common, discrimination against gender, and disability, is just as common as ever. Discrimination…show more content…
Racism has always existed an in America, mainly against African Americans. For example, most people who dislike African Americans grew up being taught, by their parents and have assumed that African Americans are inferior in terms of intelligence. African Americans have been called many names Negroes, Blacks, and Coloureds. It is unfortunate that something as thoughtless as racism is still around in the United States, a country made up of various people and cultures. “Letter from Birmingham Jail” written by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. depicts life endured during racial segregation. In the writing King mentions his life as a father and having to answer to a child who asks “Daddy, why do white people treat colored people so mean?” (570). It is awful that children growing up in the early 1950s were wondering why they are treated differently because of their race. To fight back against those oppressors, there were African Americans that were using violent means to try to achieve racial equality and also those that were afraid to do anything. Some African Americans did what they could to make the issue known by not using violence instead, sit-ins and marches were used to “dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored” (568). Using nonviolent acts was the most effective simply because it showed that they all were determined to fight for their rights. There was no…show more content…
Alcohol and drug use described in “Indian Education” by Sherman Alexie is described as something that all Indians partake in. For example, teachers assume that victor who had a diabetic seizure at a school dance had been drinking because he is an Indian (146). However, there were many of Victor’s classmates from the reservation high school that engaged in alcoholism before graduating from high school (147). “Indian Education” does not take a stance on drug and alcohol addiction, throughout the story, it seems as if it is a natural thing for Indians to use drugs and alcohol or that’s what everyone believed that Native American’s did. If anything were to happen to someone drug and alcohol use is to blame, such as Victor’s

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