Discrimination is a concept that can be associated with “Freedom Writers.” Discrimination is treatment or consideration based on class or category rather than individual merit. Discriminatory acts usually result in an unfavorable action against an individual, and some acts are more subtle than others (Thio, 2007, pp. 234). For instance, discrimination is evident at Woodrow Wilson High when violent acts—such as shootings, insults, and gang fights—occur between Blacks, Latinos, Asians, and Whites. However, when Erin Gruwell has the groups keep journals and share experiences with one another, the discriminatory acts become less common.
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