Affirmative Discrimination In Katherine Boo's Behind The Beautiful Forevers

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Affirmative Discrimination In a time when skin color, brain size, and theories such as social Darwinism are no longer factors used to determine social status, it seems that, on the surface, the world should be finally extinct of the conflict among races. Scientifically, no race is the “ultimate” one, because at the end of the day, humans are all just humans—right? Contrary to the popular belief that “All men (people) are created equal,” however, this is indeed not the case (“The Declaration of Independence” 1). In fact, there is a contention that runs far deeper than the mere struggles among races. It is a clash among cultures, one that affects those that practice dissimilar religions, eat different foods, or even earn differing incomes. Consequently, its presence touches every part of the globe, especially in present-day India, where the forbidding caste system still exists. Certainly, Katherine Boo, author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers, capitalizes on this very issue of diverse cultures and the consequences of living in India, where there exists, to an extreme degree, …show more content…
Exceedingly, Abdul and his family, along with others as well, are at the mercy of government officials because, essentially, officials are the keys to freedom. Despite hopes to escape, however, most residents never receive a “square deal.” Boo recalls, “What you don’t want is always going to be with you/What you want is never going to be with you/Where you don’t want to go, you have to go/And the moment you think you’re going to live more, you’re going to die” (Boo 222). Intricately interwoven into a mass web of established corrupted institutions, the residents in Annawadi seldom receive a chance to untangle themselves; consequently, because they cannot openly object about those who repress them, they openly dispute with each

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