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Racism and prejudice in the United States is nothing new The very foundations of our country were poured by slaves forced to work in the fields for the white man Enslaved only because of the color of their skin these people were relegated to subhuman standards Over hundreds of years blood sweat and tears have only brought their widely-perceived social status to acceptable standards The social stigma of the United States is that if you do not speak the same language as me look different have different customs and cultures or even a different sexual orientation thou art lesser than I This attitude leads to discrimination and prejudice and forms the underlying structure of racism These are problems in our country that are suffered by many committed consciously and unconsciously by others and misunderstood to the point where often rational action is taken over by violence This essay reflects the ideas and experiences of three people whom I felt represented three groups that are often discriminated or prejudiced against In addition I will provide a commentary on their reflections associating my thoughts in conjunction with theirs The first person I interviewed is an eighteen year-old male from Southern California He is the first-generation in his family to be born in America Both of his parents are from Mexico Also he is brown-skinned I will refer to him by his true name Saul because one question I asked was What do you read in people when they first hear your name To this he replied Ninety percent of the time theyll ask me where Im from San Juan Capistrano Oh thats in Spain right they say and when I tell them its in So California they tell me something along the lines that I look so foreign When asked if he believes if this comment is prejudicial or racial he said he understands it to be more of a problem of
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