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Race/ Ethinicity

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The schooling is also different for white children as compared to that of the blacks. When the white kids go to their schools away from the black neighborhood, the mode of teaching they get exposed to is entirely different from that of the black kids. For that reason, the black children cannot express themselves fluently in the English language while the white kids at the same level speak and write fluently. In Gordimer’s novel, we find that the black children do drop year in year out and cannot pass the same grades that white kids do.

The black kids are seen not to speak the kind of vocabularies that whites do. In the same novel, the black women and men work on farms all day without anything to show for it, while the white women and men dine and wine. This shows how racial and ethnic divisions get entrenched even in the work and social sections of the society (Gordimer, 1975; Yeh & Inose, 2003)). Across borders, ethnic ideologies are still shown. This was seen in the colonial times when the whites colonized many African and Asian countries.

Records show that many of the colonized citizens were tortured and brutally treated. Others were simply killed through racial cleansing practices and sold for slaves. In 1986, the then prime minister of japan Yasuhiro Natasome was quoted saying that the average American intellectual standard is very low when compared to an average Japanese standard. He attributed this to the presence of blacks and Hispanics who reside in the United States. For the above reasons, he has often been quoted saying that the racial homogeneity, which japan enjoys is the advent of its strength.

After such remarks were made, eleven years later, Lino Graglia, the then University of Texas Law School Professor, retorted that the blacks and Mexican-Americans are not competitive enough academically when compared to the American whites in some selective institutions. He further mumbled that this can be attributed to the effects of cultural upbringing of such individuals or people who lack the culture that supports and encourages personal achievements (Caldwell & Aycicegi, 2006). Such claims are indeed totally unfounded and mere gimmicks from the people corrupted by the superiority syndrome who have nothing important to think of.

Marital relationships are not even spared when we have racism practices. In Gordimer’s novel, the love affair between the white and the black man did not go far. It stopped the moment they grew old and the child conceived out of that relationship is described as ‘unfortunate infant’.

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preview essay on Race/ Ethinicity
  • Pages: 6 (1500 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: Literature
  • Level: Masters
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