The Price of Freedom Essay
In one’s lifetime they will see millions of advertisements claiming “this is free or that is free”, yet by the age of ten one can tell it’s all normally just a gimmick to get someone to buy more than they really need. In reality nothing is truly free, even the water that is drank everyday is not free. What is really strange is that all of this is experienced within “The Land of the Free”. Nothing in America is free, from what we buy in the stores all the way to how religions are practiced. Even worse than that, basic freedoms are stripped from American citizens on a daily basis by those corrupt political leaders and various other people in power. The worst of all is when innocent people are hurt by a system that …show more content…
In the essay entitled “The Border Patrol State” the author captivates her audience telling the reader the atrocities that are occurring on the highways in the southwestern region of the United States. This essay brings to light what the people of Hispanic decent have endured, on the stretch of highway between New Mexico and Arizona a common route for various nationalities within a diverse country. The author portrays what it is like to be of Mexican heritage and how they are treated unjustly (i.e. being stopped by border patrol, unjustly searched, and subject to cruel treatment). The author gives many different depictions of the horrid events they have experienced. She describes what is going on as racism and compares it to the “Iron-Curtain” making people feel like it is not safe or even illegal just simply to drive near border towns or even on the highway connecting Arizona and New Mexico. She concludes by alluding to migrations of the past and telling how people now sneak on to trains as a way to freedom.
Together the two works prove that not everything in America is free for everyone to enjoy. In, The Border Patrol State Silko remarks “I used to travel the