April 22, 2013
People are not born racist; racism is learned. Racism is a belief or doctrine inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the belief that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule others (Dictionary.com). Unfortunately racism has been around for all of our lives. We have learned to discriminate others because of skin color, language, customs, place of birth or any factor that supposedly reveals the basic nature of that person. Most humans know that discriminating others is bad but we still do it, to make us feel better or because we consider ourselves superior than others. We consider ourselves normal but we see others as less of a person because they don’t meet our standards. Humans are good at judging and discriminating others because humanity is created by differences. In “Cora Unashamed,” we see how Cora has been discriminated her whole life because of her and her family’s skin color and because she had a child without being married. Cora is discriminated because of the smallest details in her life because the whites don’t see how great she really is. She is humble, honest, independent, and trustworthy. She has raised her brothers and sisters, she has worked since she was eight, because her dad was an alcoholic and her mother, a house wife that doesn’t know how to do anything else. She has been the one that maintain her house together; she work, she raised her siblings, she is the one that supports their humble house economically. Through the story we see what an incredible person Cora is from the inside, but the people around her only judge her because of her skin color. In “Cora Unashamed” we meet Jessie; she is like Cora’s second daughter because Cora’s first baby girl dies of whooping cough and Cora adopts Jesse in her heart. Cora nursed Jessie and considered her, her daughter because the Studevants didn’t show much love for...
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