The Ignorance of Discrimination

Topics: Discrimination, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Racial discrimination Pages: 3 (1067 words) Published: May 4, 2013
The ignorance of discrimination 

Discrimination is a serious issue that is unfortunately rampant across the globe. There are different categories ranging from race, gender, sexual orientation, and weight or height. Some people discriminate without knowing the true ramifications of their actions. Also not being aware of how uncomfortable and self-conscience their words or actions are going to affect others. In the stories, The Myth of the Latin Women by Judith Ortiz Cofer and Discrimination at Large by Jennifer A Coleman, we are going to encounter different forms of discriminations and how it affects and alters their way of life. Despite efforts of eliminating discrimination through out the years, it remains persuasive in society largely because of ignorance.

Discrimination at Large by Jennifer A Coleman shows her the struggles and her experiences of her life growing up as an overweight person and trying to overcome them in a world full of ignorance and discrimination. In this society we are thought from a young age that antigay, disabled, elderly, speech impaired and racial slurs are not to be uttered in an unrighteous matter; But this is not quite the case for "FAT" or "overweight" people. We do not notice how the movies, television and cartoons play a big role in making it seem that their is nothing wrong with laughing or making a joke when referring to an overweight person. As we have seen in the pasted but may not have notice, most funny movies and cartoons the main character is indeed a fat person. So subconsciously we are getting a subliminal message that gives it the okay. But it is not okay; it is people’s ignorance to the matter that fuels this type of discrimination. For Coleman she was constantly reminded about her weight and how lazy and disgusting she was and looked. It got to the point that Coleman needed to make a change to her life. She wanted to lose weight and so she started jogging, swimming, cycling and also started a diet. Coleman...
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