We’ve all seen this picture before. However, what we may not have seen is how that is discrimination. We are being classified and categorized, not based on our individual merit or accomplishments, but rather on a race or ethnicity we belong to.
Discrimination occurs all around us, but whether it’s subtle enough that we don’t recognize it or we’re just accustomed to it and thus simply ignore it, we have become a society where discrimination is almost the norm. Although this may seem outlandish in the melting pot that is America, examples of discrimination are frequently seen and felt. For example, I have experienced it firsthand. While in Mississippi, my family and I stopped at a restaurant to eat. The moment the waitress heard us speak Spanish, her facial expressions and attitude drastically changed. She was no longer happy to serve us, but rather annoyed by our presence.
But discrimination doesn’t always occur so explicitly nor does it necessarily occur among different groups. As Anzaldúa demonstrates, she was isolated and discriminated against by her own race due to her sexual orientation. Gould also exemplifies this by showing how X was discriminated against, but interestingly enough not because he was something, but because he wasn’t one thing. Discrimination has, unfortunately, become an omnipresent thought in all our interactions.
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Louis Gould, “X: A Fabulous Child’s Story” (1978)
Gloria Anzaldúa, “La conciensia de la mestiza: Towards a New Consciousness” (1986)