Analysis Of The Declaration Of Independence By Katherine Boo Essay

1368 Words Jan 19th, 2015 6 Pages
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, the richest of the rich and the poorest of the poor. Therefore, due to the socioeconomic makeup of India, this clash of cultures unquestionably affects Indians locally, nationally, and ideologically.
In India, there are families that barely manage to scrape by each day, many residing in slums, or districts inhabited by poor people. Specifically, these slums are uncovered “melting pots,” where the clash…

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