Theme Of Racism In Brownies

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Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and Sandra Bland, what does all these people have in common? They have all lost their lives due to racial injustices and inequality. Although slavery ended 150 years ago, and segregation ended around 51 years ago, the relationship between African Americans and whites have steadily been filled with injustice and oppression. In Brownies by ZZ Packer, is a story about a younger group of girl scouts (one African American group and one Caucasian group) campers who has a slight experience with racism. At the end of the story, the narrator, Laurel (also known as Snot) says, “There is something mean in this world and I can not stop it. Laurel was right in some aspects. While referring to racism being “something mean in this world”. Racism is first and foremost a cultural assumption—it is rooted deeply in culture. For some people the term is synonymous with “White people” For …show more content…
The experiment included children ranging from ages three to seven and four dolls that were identical in every sense except for color. The children were then asked to identify the races of the doll and to choose a color they would prefer. The majority of the children picked the white doll and when asked why, they said that being white is better, while adding numerous of positive characteristic to the white doll. The characteristics that the white doll received were words like: “pretty, nice, sweet, rich, fun” while the black doll just received words like: “nice, and fun” . The experiment concluded that “prejudice, discrimination and segregation, created a feeling of inferiority among African American children and damages their self-esteem. Recently, (2010) the same doll experiment was replicated by Anderson CNN to see if the same results would be

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