Analysis Of The Book ' Brownies ' By Zz Packer Essay

1045 Words Jul 30th, 2015 5 Pages
Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and Sandra Bland, what does all these people have in common? They have all lost their lives due to racial injustices and inequality. Although slavery ended 150 years ago, and segregation ended around 51 years ago, the relationship between African Americans and whites have steadily been filled with injustice and oppression. In Brownies by ZZ Packer, is a story about a younger group of girl scouts (one African American group and one Caucasian group) campers who has a slight experience with racism. At the end of the story, the narrator, Laurel (also known as Snot) says, “There is something mean in this world and I can not stop it. Laurel was right in some aspects. While referring to racism being “something mean in this world”. Racism is first and foremost a cultural assumption—it is rooted deeply in culture. For some people the term is synonymous with “White people” For others, the term racism stands for personal prejudice and discrimination. For still others, it stands for any race awareness or the absence of color blindness. For another group racism stands for institutional practices that maintain racial inequalities (Bowser, 1995,p xi) Modern racism, according to James Waller in Face to Face, is more elusive, or subtle than what you would consider “older racism”. It stays around due to how most people were raised based off of these terrible stereotypes placed on African Americans or any other minority in the United States. It is…

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