Theme Of Racism In Night By Elie Wiesel

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Elie Wiesel’s book Night narrates the various accounts of personal suffering he experienced during the Holocaust. His novel demonstrates the tragic ability mankind has to inflict suffering onto one another. The inhumane ability mankind has to see a person or group as “other” is the reason racial injustice exists today. Nazi groups, under the guise of white nationalism, have paraded through streets of our country and spread hatred and racist propaganda. Police brutality and the killing of African-American males of all ages are still taking place in the American law enforcement. It seems each day more instances of racial injustice appear in the news. The staggering number of examples and the statistical evidence that confirms how large the gap …show more content…
The American justice system negatively affects people of color more than it does white people. Hiring practices still weigh in the favor of white applicants. Voter ID laws keep a disproportional amount of African-American and Latino voters from exercising their right to vote. Institutional racism affects everyone, whether positively or negatively, in practically every aspect of daily life. Bigotry and lack of empathy towards people who experience this bigotry were much of the reasons for the rise of the German Nazi party. Wiesel writes about oppression and the horrific atrocities experienced by Jews during the Holocaust. Wiesel even notes Nazi’s murdered his faith when he sees a child hanged and relates his own faith as hanging there along with the child (65). Institutional racism, blind prejudice, and false information are the reasons Jews were forced to endure such horrific tragedy. These systems are still a divisive force within the United States …show more content…
Filtered news leads people to believe false equivalencies of facts. The danger in this is the hatred and callousness that can come from deceitful facts. Night narrates the horrors that arise from indifference to racial prejudice. In Night, many Germans were not fazed as Jews were forced to pass through villages right before their eyes (46). They knew where Jews were being forced to but did nothing to disrupt the action taking place right before their eyes. This indifference and lack of humanity shown were a result of lies that had been fed to the Nazi party. This was just one of many heinous examples of the apathetic nature of mankind presented in the novel. This apathy and indifference to racial prejudice are still an active force in the world today. Indifference to other people's struggles is a particularly difficult issue to combat in mankind. Wiesel shows the indifferent nature of mankind when describing his account of Moishe the Beadle. Moishe is a citizen of Sighet and is captured and manages to escape from Nazis. Moishe returns to Sighet to warn of the massacre of foreign Jews he witnessed but no one listens to him; some even go as far as to accuse him of insanity (Wiesel, 7). This tragic ability mankind has to ignore the struggles other people experience is the root of racial prejudice and the root of the indifference to racial

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