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Martin Luther King Jr

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One of Dr. Martin Luther King’s speeches asked that people be judged by content of their character and not the color of their skin. The saying don't judge a book by its cover and Dr. King’s speech discuss how people react to perceptions of what they see. The saying and Dr. Kings words actually means that people cannot be judged by what they appear like to you at first, it is necessary to get to know them and "read" them before you can judge them. Something very powerful can be inside them. Many people say they give everyone a chance to get to know him or her but it is instinct to judge someone on their appearance. We all do it; your first impression of someone will always be remembered. Being different is looked down upon in our society. In society everyone pretty much dresses the same or tries to do all the “in things.” For example, like belly button rings or tattoos everyone has one or the other or both. Why? Because it looks cool or looks cute, but what if you do not like it? Will you do it anyway just because everyone else is doing it and you do not want to feel excluded? I believe being different and your own person make you who you are. In The Poncho Bearer “Sam has often found ways to stand out in situations where others try to fit in”. (Schwartz 212) Standing out from the crowded makes you an individual, why be like everyone else when you have your own special talents. Sam was the class clown he made everyone laugh and smile. He chose to be that individual that will never fit in. Confidence and being comfortable in your own skin give you the courage to stand out. “Just walk On By” discusses how judgments are made based people’s race. Asians are smart, Muslims are terrorist, Mexicans cut your grass, and Blacks are gangsters. These are all stereotypes that are ingrained in many people. Just because 9/11 happened does not mean that every Muslim that passes you on the streets is trying to kill everyone. Many Mexicans cut your grass but does that mean...

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