The Night Of A Native American Man Essay

1018 Words Mar 2nd, 2016 5 Pages
Regardless of how hard they try, certain people will never be able to succeed in society. Whether it’s because of how people of color are hired less often than whites, or how African Americans are disproportionately arrested for crimes they never committed, our modern society gives privilege to some and makes life extremely hard for others. This everyday theme can also be seen in many stories. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee tells the story of the trial of a black man falsely accused of rape, while The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie narrates the night of a Native American man as he reflects on his past and on his dreams, and the article “Are California Prisons Punishing Inmates Based on Race?” describes different discriminated groups in prison being treated worse than others solely based on skin color. All of these show the recurring theme that discriminated people are defeated before they have a chance to begin; To Kill a Mockingbird does this when Tom is sentenced to death even though he is innocent, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven does this by having the narrator talk about his dreams where the Natives are slaughtered by the whites and how he is defeated by a white man when playing basketball, and “Are California Prisons Punishing Inmates Based on Race?” shows how whole groups in prison are punished instead on the individuals. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Tom Robinson, a black man, is accused of rape by a white woman.…

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