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Serena Asturias
Mr. Parker
English 101
3 October 2015

Equality For All

In the political cartoon that I selected the illustrator portrays a
man that has moved up the corporate ladder in Walmart, while the
woman continues to stand on a shorter ladder. The cartoon touches on
how women are unequally paid and treated inferiorly in the workforce
specifically, Walmart. In other words, women are denied certain
opportunities that a man could attain even though they do the same
work. This is a good example of discrimination, which I found to be the
main issue in Mary Crow Dog and Richard Erdoes Civilize Them with a
Stick. This article talks about how unfairly Native American children
were treated in schools during the American Indian Movement. The
article is told from Mary Crow Dogs perspective as she endured the
cruel treatment first-hand when she attended a predominantly allwhite boarding school. Just like Mary Crow was treated unfairly due to
the fact that she was a Native American, the woman in the cartoon I
selected, is also treated unfairly solely because she is a woman. She
continues to stay on a shorter ladder. There has been much
controversy in our society today about woman not having equal rights

as men. A long time ago, that was very much true. But as America
moved forward, rights for women have evolved and changed
drastically giving them more opportunities as men. With that being
said, there are still cases where there is an evident situation that
discrimination is occurring. There has always been discrimination, and
the truth of the matter is, there will always be a level of discrimination
that each person will have to face whether it be because of race,
culture, religion, sexual orientation, or gender.
In essence, discrimination is everywhere. There are two primary
examples that I found of this, one in the political cartoon, and the other
is in Civilize Them with a Stick. To me, there is no justified reason for
discrimination. It is a sad blemish on Americas history because during
the times that Mary Crow describes, the United States tried to erase
the Native culture. Its ironic too that they were treated that way
because they were in America way before the white people came and
took over all of their land and stuff. Theres a quote in the passage
that states it affected the Indian child suddenly dumped into it like a
small creature from another world, helpless, defenseless, bewildered,
trying desperately and instinctively to survive and sometimes not
surviving at all. (Mary Crow) The children were just trying to fit in.
They really did try to adapt with the new environments they were
forced into. But when they failed to do this, they were beaten, or given

bad food, or punished severely. One cannot change anothers culture
or ethnicity because that is something that can never be taken away.

Hirschberg, Stuart. One World, Many Cultures. New York:

Macmillan Pub., 1992. Print.