Fresh Off The Boat Assimilation's Dirty Little Secret Analysis

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History has shown to be cyclical, as the struggles of today 's world were the struggles of yesterday 's. When I think of history I visualize a time that is distant, an era long gone with seemingly infinite years from today 's date, but upon consuming any kind of media it becomes apparent that the past is here with us now. Sol Gittleman 's "Fresh off the Boat Assimilation 's Dirty Little Secret" is a work that has significantly shaped my attitude and outlook on the world. In his short analysis of assimilation, he successfully conveys history 's tendency to repeat; this insightful piece of literature shows the US history of human bigotry. His work set a basis for my fundamental views and leads me to question the integrity of institutions such …show more content…
After reading his work I grew more aware of the biased policies currently in place and the legitimization of racism. Racism and discrimination are alive now more than ever although the ways they are being implemented are of legitimate means; this is what I refer to as the legitimization of racism. An example of such racism is Arizona 's SB 1070 immigration law, the law would allow police officers to detain people whom they believed were in the country illegally; this policy paves a path for racial profiling and discrimination based on appearance. This is exactly what we as a society have been attempting to stray from and in the great words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, "a threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice …show more content…
I appreciate the education I have received because it has made me a better person, the knowledge I acquired through my school career taught me about different cultures and new perspectives of thinking. I firmly believe that anyone who has received a higher education should appreciate the diversity of cultures around the world without being ethnocentric. In turn, I am more socially responsible person and speak carefully as words and stigmas carry a tremendous impact on social reforms. Stigmas serve as a big deterrent to those who need help, such as the stigma associated with HIV; some victims of HIV refuse to get the necessary treatment because of the fear of said stigmas. I will not contribute to stigmas, stereotypes, or fallacies as their existence only contribute to misinformation and failed

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