The Struggles Of Prejudice And Discrimination

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Many people face discrimination due to the way they look or how they tend to speak a language that they aren’t perfect in. People move to different places looking for better lives, but instead experience racial discrimination and prejudice. This could be seen in the articles written by Tanya Barrientos, Amy Tan, and Robert Rodriguez that shows how not being fluent in the native language affected them. In their personal experiences, either them or their parents have been discriminated against due to their broken English. The following examples perfectly demonstrate the struggles of prejudice and discrimination non-native speakers in society face due to their inability to speak English at a perfect level.
Tanya Maria Barrientos is the author
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In her article, Amy Tan talks about how she talk different types of English around different people. For example to her mom she would talk a simpler English than she would to other people because her mom wasn’t the best at speaking this language. Tan would speak simpler sentences and didn’t use really big words when she spoke to her mother. Since her mother spoke “broken English” her own daughter was ashamed of her English and this limited the way she saw her mother. Due to how her mother spoke, her mother would face discrimination in many ways, for example, her stockbroker wouldn’t give her the money she earned and the hospital wasn’t willing to look for her CAT scan. Eventually she got both these items, but only because her daughter Amy Tan had to talk for her on the phone because she spoke perfect English. This doesn’t sound fair because Tan’s mother shouldn’t have to face this type of discrimination just because she doesn’t speak English as well as other people. Tan is a bit unfair when she says that she was ashamed of her mother by the way she spoke because her mother isn’t from the U.S so it is harder for her to speak and learn the native language.
Richard Rodriguez is a writer and former graduate of Stanford University and UC Berkeley. He is most famous for his book called Hunger of Memory: The education of Richard . From an excerpt from the book he describes how he felt safe inside his home

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