Discrimination is always around

Kaylee Rowan

Discrimination

How it Shaped and Affected America

Discrimination against Blacks started to arise around the 1900's. Stereotypes were given to those who were black such as they were trouble makers and are bad people. Discrimination is what caused America to separate the black and the white. Blacks weren't allowed to go to the same school, restaurant, park, drink from the same water fountain, and so much more. Blacks were looked down on. People disliked them just because they had a different skin color. Not just skin color was discriminated on. People were also discriminated by their race. Many signs were made against certain cultures or race such as no Mexicans. America wanted everything to be just white people an those who were different, were looked down on and treated differently. Discrimination has been around for ages and still is to this day.

Examples in America

An example of current day discrimination is when seven black people were told to leave the plane because they were unruly. Those people felt that they were told to leave because the flight attendants were racist. A black guy and the woman he came with were kindly asked to move seats because someone else had already been sitting there. He refused to move and was being loud and disruptive to the other people aboard the plane. Instead of just that one guy being removed from the plane for disruption, five other men were removed because they questioned the policemen and the crew on the plane. They got involved with the flight attendant by questioning how that guy was disruptive and a threat. The police asked the other guys to get off the plane too because they were being disrespectful. Those seven passengers thought that the police men and flight attendants were being racist and that's why they get removed from the flight.

World Examples

Because of the terrorist group Isis, Muslims are looked down on and many people hold grudges and are prejudice to them. Many people are convinced that all Muslims are terrorist and violent even if they don't support Isis. Americans especially have this stereotype against Muslims that are trying to hurt us. Muslims that live in the are of Paris are being questioned if they are safe or not. Those families could've lived there for their whole lives, but now it seems as if they are threats. Many Muslims are trying to get away from places like Paris because they don't do get accused for being a terrorist group and get severely punished.

Why We Discriminate

People discriminate others because they're different from each other and it's hard to learn to accept that. Everyone wants to be number one and the best one. When someone different comes long, they get looked down on and treated differently. It's easier to judge someone you don't know than to actually get to know them. We hold prejudice against them because of what others tell us. Even if it's not the truth, we still listen to what they say because that's the easier thing to do. Also, if you hang around people who discriminate others and have prejudice against them, it will most likely rub of on you. You would think it would be okay since the other person does it, but in reality, that makes the situation worse. An example that I've seen is in 8th grade there was a girl who was always judged, bullied and looked down upon. She was known around school for being a player because she dates anyone and everyone. She was the type of girl to have many boyfriends, but she wasn't being a player. There was a rumor that got started that she was with her boyfriend and that they were making out in the hallways, skipping class to sneak into the bathroom, ditched school to be together, slept at each other's house, and there was one that said apparently she got pregnant. None of those rumors were true but just about the whole grade believed it. Every time she walked by a group of people, they would go silent and watch her go by with a disgusted look on their faces. Whispers would start when she was near them. None of those things that someone said about her were true, but she was discriminated for something that was a lie and she had no control over.

Another Example

Another example of how people discriminate and have prejudice is when I was in 7th grade up until now. I was always known to be the innocent girl who didn't know anything or understand. I didn't mind being called innocent because that was the truth. However, people started to look down on me for it and would judge me before they knew me. One time someone said an inappropriate joke but I didn't understand why it was so funny or what the word meant. They said I wouldn't understand even if they explained it to me because I was too child like and that will scar me. This went around the school rapidly. Anytime someone would say something they wouldn't explain what it meant because I was too innocent to hear those words. Some people actually told me to go away so my little, innocent, baby ears wouldn't hear the bad word or message. As annoying as this was, it wasn't the worst. It was said I would never get a boyfriend beause I would think that's yucky. Random people would watch me when I was near them and they were talking. They would, very noticeably, go silent and sometimes say aw as I walked by. Just because I was innocent, unlike everyone else, I was looked at like this cute, little, innocent person who no one could take seriously.

Women's Rights

Major Events

Some major events for women's rights is in 1914. Nevada and Montana finally allowed women to vote. This is important because women weren't allowed to vote and have a say in who becomes president. In those two states, it impacted everyone greatly. The women could finally have a say in the government and give a vote to the one they want to win. Those extra votes will boost the candidate and have higher numbers and a better chance in the race. Women have been trying to get the privilege of voting for many years and in 1893 the women finally won and states slowly were allowing women to vote.

Another Event

Susan B. Anthony wrote an amendment to help with how women are treated differently and their suffering in the year 1919. She gave that amendment to Congress which they finally gave to the House of Representatives and also the senate.

How Are They Treated Different in America

Women are treated differently than men till this day even with laws that say women are equal to men. Women were always treated different then men before there were laws, but since women were looked down on in the past, people tend to still look at men and women differently. Even in America, we still discriminate the women. the way men and women work are looked at differently. There could be a male and female working together in a group project and do the same amount of work, but the male will get more credit. This action may be subtle but it is more common than you would think. That's because men are known to be more competitive and women tend to not want to take credit for the actions or work they do because they don't want to be full of themselves. If its a job where male and female work together and the boss is a male, he will tend to admire the male more than the female because he is superior.

Another Example

Another example of how women are treated differently is the appearance of the woman. Women are constantly judged by the way they look and if they have the perfect body or hair. Men could care less about what they look like or how others guys look. Some have big muscles and others are weak. That doesn't change the fact they're men and are automatically better than women. Women are quite different from men because of how judgmental the world is against their looks. If your not pretty and don't have the perfect body, your called ugly and guys go for the "hot ones." Women could possibly not receive the job they want because their weight is too big. Being overweight makes them look down on you and think you may be irresponsible. Your looks are the first thing people see and that's where they get their first impression on you. If your tired looking, you wont get want what you are trying for. If your going to a job interview, you have to dress up fancier than you normally would, or else they think you don't care about the job and you aren't a good employee.

Treated Different in World

Women are treated different from men all throughout the world. An example of this is in the country of Pakistan. Pakistan is the third most dangerous place for women to live. Women get punished for the crimes that the men have done. They kget kidnapped and then normally gang raped. Either that or women get killed for the glory and honor that comes out of it. Over 1,000 women get killed every year due to all of the honor killings which are very common. Women struggle to have a job in politics because Pakistan Extremists target those women. The husbands don't give respect to their wives. They are treated like the males get to control them and their lives. These women cant live life they way they wish.

Key Famous Women

Some of the key women to help with the discrimination against women were Susan B Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, and Ida B Wells. There were more women who helped out with women's rights, but these women were very important. Elizabeth Cady Stanton was the first president of NAWSA or National American Women Suffrage Association. She made protests that women were just as equal to men and should be treated the same. She felt that it was unfair how white women couldn't vote, but black men could. She felt that voting wasn't the only thing that was unfair. Women should be able to have rights to get a divorce or give girls a better education like the boys got.

Susan B Anthony

Susan was the second president of NAWSA because her and Elizabeth worked together often. She continued to fight that women should be able to vote if African Americans could vote, just like Elizabeth was. Constantly, she was complaining to the state how she will not support an amendment saying African Americans unless it says the same for women. She was going to keep protesting until the state finally listened. Instead they kept ignoring her and her protests.

Novel Connections

Jolly was constantly experiencing discrimination and prejudice because of her situation. LaVaughn's mother was looking down on Jolly because she was still a teenager and already had two kids. She didn't know why Jolly was in this situation of being 17 and a mother because she didn't care about that. All she thought was that Jolly didn't have her life in check and was a mess. She didn't feel like listening to Jolly's story and trying to help her. She just figured that since she was a young mother, she must be a bad kind of a person. She let the stereotype of how she has nothing together in her life mean and is a mom already, that she has done wrong things and wasn't thinking. Even LaVaughn looked down on Jolly at times. The dishes weren't washed, the house was a mess, she was too young to be a mother, and she couldn't write or speak that well. Her mom always talking about Jolly negatively didn't help LaVaughn see the good side of Jolly either.

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