Family vs. Society Essays

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Family vs. Society

As children, our parents instill in us beliefs that we carry with us throughout our lives. Many beliefs we are taught have been passed on through generations. One such belief is racism. Racism was widespread in the past, but is strongly discouraged in today's society. Perhaps it is our families, or perhaps it is society that teaches us racism. If we were to look at our families and the mixtures of cultures in our towns, maybe then we would get some sort of understanding as to why racism is so prevalent even today in the year two thousand.

Many times it is through our parents and grandparents that racism is passed down to us. Perhaps they don't intend to teach us, but it is through subtle ways that we are taught
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When they got here, other ethnic groups had already filled many of the positions my great-grandfather was hoping to fill. I can still recall many of the stories I heard when I was little. My grandpa would always talk about how rough things were when he was little, and how his family struggled as he was growing up. My grandpa's family assimilated to the society of America at that time and lost almost all of their Scottish traditions. In fact, the only Scottish tradition that I can ever recall is the playing of bagpipes at my grandpa's funeral. My grandpa was a great man whom always told us stories of the past. Through his stories I have learned many important details of the past, but I also learned the language of his time. He would always state that the youth of today doesn't know what it is like to live through a depression. He would break down and cry when he recalled how hard times were for a young immigrant family during the 1930's. I can remember many times when I was told not to waste my food, because he could remember a time when all he had to eat was bread and water. He would also talk about how he worked with black people that he called 'niggers.' Every time I heard this come out of his mouth I could hear the hatred in his voice and I would wonder what niggers were. At a very young age I was subjected to this hateful terminology, but my parents always told me not to use the words that I so

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