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Paulina,Carrillo
ProfessorMalvin
English115:ApproachestoUniversityWriting
30November2015
DiscriminationinSouthernCalifornia
Nowmorethaneverpeopletreatdifferentraceslessthantheirown,theydonottreat
eachotherlikebrothersandsisters.Nomatterhowmuchpeopleareeducatedonthistopic,we
getfurtherawayfromreachingourgoaltoequality.Tryingtocoexistwitheachotherrarely
worksout.Ourcommunitiesaredividedupwheretheyrewhitepeopleinthericherareas,
Latinosintheirownarea,andAfricanAmericansinanotherarea.Whitesaretreatedasapriority
whileotherraceslikeLatinosandAfricanAmericansaretreatedasthestereotypesweareraised
tobelieveweare.ForexampleLatinos/AfricanAmericanswillneverrisetobesomethinggreat,
theyareonlylookingtocausetroubleandjoingangs.LatinosandAfricanAmericanswillonly
evermakeminimumwage,thatsifwe'relucky.Societyteachesusthatlatinosaregoodfor
cleaningandgardening,becausewedonothavepaperstoproperlywork.While
AfricanAmericansareghettoandarenothardworkers,lookingtorobpeopleandselltheseout
oftheircar.
Riots,protesting,andshowingeveryoneallthemurdersandbeatingshappeningonthe
newsgoesnowherebecausethereisstillalongwaytogotohaveamajorityofthepeoplestop
theracialprofiling.Insteadpeoplehighinofficethinkitwillbeeasiertopaythefamiliesfor
theirlossthantakeactionandholdthecopsresponsibleforwhattheyhavedone.Forexample

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therewasacasewheretwowhitecopsbeatablackman,namedEricGarnertothepointwhere
hedied.HewashavingtroublebreathingandtoldthemseveraltimesIcantbreathebutthe
officersjustkeptgoingandgoing,eventhreateningtobeattheguythatwastryingtohelpthe
manifhedidntstepawayorthecameramanwhowassimplyrecordingthebrutallygoingon.
Whentheywenttotrialthepeopledeclinedtoholdthecopresponsibleforkillingaman,instead
theypaid5.9milliondollarstohisfamilyfortheirloss.Andofficerstriedbanningrecordswhen
youcomeintocontactwithanofficerarrestingsomeone,whichmeansthattheyclearlyhave
somethingtohideandaredoingsomethingwrongthatcouldpossiblegetthemintotrouble.This
wholeincidentwascompletelywrong,andcauseddaysofprotestingthatBlackLivesMatter.
Thisverdictisshowingthatoursocietyagreeswithhigherauthorityphysicallyhurtingthepublic
becausetheyareacertainrace,andbecausetheyareheretoprotectustheyareabovethelaws.
Awhitecopbeatingablackmanseemedokaytothepeopleofthejury,becauseobviouslythe
cophadagoodreason,wrong.Inoursocietyweshouldnotbescaredofpoliceofficers,theyare
heretoprotectandserve.Ifwestepoutoflinewithawhitecopandtheyhavetherighttobeat
us,thenthereissomethingwrongwithhowthesystemisworking.TwilightandAlways
Runninghaveshownusamoredescriptivelookatracismanddiscriminationthathashappened.
Twilighttalksmoreabouttheriotinginlosangelesandalwaysrunningtalksaboutracial
profilingthathappenedwithinthefamily.
Thatswhydifferentracesasidefromwhiteshavetobecarefulwiththewaytheydrive
becausefornoreasontheymightgetpulledover,theyhavetobecarefulabouttheclothingthey
wearandwhattimeitisbecauseiftheyevensohappentobewearingahoodiewhenitscold

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outatnightpeopleassumeweareagangmemberreadytohurtsomeone/causetrouble,justlike
thecopsthoughtwhentheykilled17yearoldTrayvonMartin.LatinosandAfricanAmericans
havetoteachtheirkidsthattheyneedtobecarefularoundpoliceandtakeextrameasuresnotto
getinvolvedwiththem,becauseiftheyevensohappentoputtheirhandswheretheyarent
visibleinastoreorstartlookthroughtheirbagsthenthestoreownerwillautomaticallyassume
wearetryingtostealsomething.Theyteachtheirkidstotakeextraprecautionstokeepthem
alivelonger,beforetheyareevenoldenoughtounderstandwhytheseprecautionshavetobe
taken.Theyteachtheirkidsassoonaspossiblethatweareallnottreatedequally,thattheiris
favoritisminthisworld.Havingtoteachthistotheyoungergenerationtellsusalotaboutour
societyandsomethingneedstochange.
Ontheotherhandnotallcopsarebad,sometimesthenewsandpeopleonfacebooklike
toaccuseallcopsofbeingmorallycorruptwheninrealitytheremightbeahandfulofofficers
thataren'tdoingtheirjobtoprotectandservebutwehavetogivecredittothosewhoareand
holdtheoneswhoaren'tresponsible.Whetheritbeingtheauthoritythathastakencontrolof
themoritbeingthewaytheywereraisedtobelieveinstereotypes.Sometimessocietythinksthat
becauseseveralcopsareunjustifyinglykillingblackpeoplelooksmorallywrongtheywould
ratherlabelthepoliceofficersasmentalillandhavebeendealingwiththisforawhilenow.
Thanhavingthemownuptotheiractions,butagainnotallcopsarebad.Becauseifpeoplelive
theireverydaylivesbelievingallpoliceofficersareouttogetthemthenthatmeanstheywould
belivingtheirlivesinastateoffearandinsecurity.Policeofficersareheretoprotecteveryone

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fromdangernotbethedanger.Soevenwhenafewofficerskillfornogoodreason,wehaveto
continuetobelievethattherestoftheofficersarelivinguptotheirname.
Asasocietyitshowswereverystubbornandrefusetomakechangestobetterourselves,
peoplewouldratherclassifythewayacertainwayaraceisthansaygroupsofpeoplearelike
that.Youcannotclassifyanentireracefortheactionsofcertaingroupsofpeople.Peoplecannot
saythatbecausesomeoneismuslimthattheyareaterrorist,wheninrealitytherehavebeen
minimumattackscomparingthethethousandsandthousandsofpeoplethataremuslims.One
solutiontothisproblemistoholdtheresponsiblepeopleaccountabletotheiractions.One
personsactionsdoesnotdefineanentireraces.
Smith,AnnaDeavere."TheyJasonSanford."
GuidetoTwilightLosAngeles:Conceived,
WrittenandPerformedbyAnnaDeavereSmithDirectedbyMarcLevin
.Brookline,MA:
FacingHistoryandOurselvesNationalFoundation,2001.2123.Print.
Thisisapiecewhereawhitemanhimselftalksaboutwhyhehasneverfelt
discriminationthewayothershave.Hetalksabouthowthepolicetreatedhimdifferentthanthey
wouldifitwasanAfricanAmericaninthesamesituation.Theauthoristrustworthybecauseshe
spentaverylongtimeinterviewrealpeoplewhoexperiencedthesethingsfirsthand,andshe
usestheirfullname.Thissectionfromthebookrelatestomytopicbecauseitshowshowaall
americanboyistreateddifferentandheevenknowsthatheisbeingtreatedtoahigherstandard
thanotherraces.

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Rodriguez,LuisJ."Prefaceto1993Edition."
AlwaysRunning:LaVidaLoca,GangDaysinL.A.
Willimantic,CT:Curbstone,1993.34.Print.
ThissectionofalwaysrunningshowsthestereotypesthatLatinosareclaimedtobe.It
showsthatmanyofusareingangsandalwaysfightingwheninreality,it'sveryhardtobekept
awayfromitevenifourparentstrymovingfromplacetoplace.Theauthoristrustworthy
becausethisstoryisbasedonhissonandexperiencesheexperiencedfirsthand.Itrelatestomy
topicbecauseit'sshowingthediscriminationthatLatinosexperienceeveryday,someLatinos
mightbeingangsbutitdoesn'tmeanthatweallare.
"MillennialsAreJustaboutasRacistasTheirParents."
WashingtonPost
.TheWashingtonPost,
n.d.Web.24Nov.2015.
Thisarticlesshowshowracisttheyoungergenerationhasbecometoeachother.Itgives
examplesofcollegesorority/fraternitypartiesthathaveracistthemes.Theauthoristrustworthy
becauseheisgivingreallifeeventsthathaverecentlyhappenedatcollegesinamericaandhow
littleactionwastaken.Thisarticlerelatestomytopicbecauseitshowsthatthereisracismgoing
unattended/nottakingenoughmeasurestostopitjustbecausethatcertainracemightnotspeak
outortheraceisnotpresent.
Fleshman,Karen."Yes,RacismIsStillaProbleminAmerica."
TheHuffingtonPost
.
TheHuffingtonPost.com,n.d.Web.24Nov.2015.
Inthisarticlethereisacounterargumentshownthatsometimeswhenyoutellwhite
peoplethattheyaretheproblemtheybecomeoffendedanddefensive,whileotherraces
stereotypethemthattheyarecrazyandignorant.Thisisstillaproblembecauseitisstillbeing

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racisttowardswhitepeople,whileitisnotasbigofaproblemasotherracesitsstill
counterproductive.Thisarticleistrustworthybecausetheauthorshowsresearchshedidby
postingastatusontohersocialmediaandseeinghowpeoplewouldreact.Itrelatestomytopic
becauseitshowsthatsometimesracismistowardsallracesincludingwhitepeopleeventhough
wetypicallyassumeafricanamericansandlatinosaretheonestargetedwhenitcomestoracism.
Discriminationhasbeenaroundformanymanyyears,butmorerecentlyithasaffected
onespecificrace.Everythinghappeninginthenewsisimportanttosociety,itshouldbeatrigger
thatifsomethingdoesnotchangeitwillonlygetworsefromhereonout.Peopleshouldnothave
toteachtheirkidstoprotectthemselvesfrompoliceofficers,weshouldteachpoliceofficersto
liveuptotheirnamesandstopthismadness.

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WorkCited
Fleshman,Karen."Yes,RacismIsStillaProbleminAmerica."
TheHuffingtonPost
.
TheHuffingtonPost.com,n.d.Web.24Nov.2015.
"MillennialsAreJustaboutasRacistasTheirParents."
WashingtonPost
.TheWashingtonPost,
n.d.Web.24Nov.2015.
Rodriguez,LuisJ."Prefaceto1993Edition."
AlwaysRunning:LaVidaLoca,GangDaysinL.A.
Willimantic,CT:Curbstone,1993.34.Print.
Smith,AnnaDeavere."TheyJasonSanford."
GuidetoTwilightLosAngeles:Conceived,
WrittenandPerformedbyAnnaDeavereSmithDirectedbyMarcLevin
.Brookline,MA:
FacingHistoryandOurselvesNationalFoundation,2001.2123.Print.

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EvaluationLetter

ThisessayunliketheothersIfoundeasiertowritewith.Therewassomuchtotalkabout
becausewewereabletotalkabouthowourtopicswerediscussedandinthetwobooks,how
thesetopicsarehappeninginoureverydaylives,orhowtheyhavebecomeaproblemthroughout
time.Theannotatedbibliographyreallyhelpedputtingtheessaytogether.Ifyoudidn'thavea
lot/enoughtotalkaboutitwasreallyhelpful.Italsomadesensebecauseitwasntlikeyouwere
justaddinginacitationfromanoutsidesourcefornoreason,orifyoudidntknowhowto
supportyourevidencetheexamplewasreallyhelpfulwithwritingit.AlthoughIthinkthatI
couldveputmyannotatedbibliographyinabetterorder,butIthoughtthatmaybetherewasnt
reallyaspecificordertoputtingitintotheessay.The15minuteconferencehelpedalotaswell
withstructuringmyessay.IhadalotofthoughtsrunningaroundinmyheadsoIthinkIjust
wroteeverythingdownasIwentonwritingtheessaywithoutreallyputtingitintoagood
flowingorder.Ithelpedmeorganizemythoughtsandcreateabetterpaper.Ifeellikemypaper
mighthavebeenmorebiastoonesidebutItriedtohaveacounterargumentsayingnotall
policeofficersarebadeventhoughrightnowitsgettingharderandhardertobelievebecauseso
manyofthemarebecomingmorallycorrupt.OtherthanthatIfeelthatIhaveastrongessayfor
racism/discriminationshowinghowithasbecomeabiggerissueintodayssocietyandshowing
howmanypeopleithasaffectedandthecertainraces,evencreatingtheblacklivesmatter
becauseiftheydontspeakupthennoonewillandthesemorallycorruptsocietywillcontinue
on.Havingtoevencontinuetowriteonthistopicasifwemovedback75yearsinprogressis

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trulytragic.OverallthishasbeenmyfavoriteessaytowriteaboutespeciallybecauseIfeelso
stronglyaboutthetopicand