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My Antonia Racism has been a controversy since the beginning of time whether it be skin color social status or nationality The term racism defines as an irrational belief in the superiority of a given group nation or people usually ones own Racism comes in many different forms and can be directed at many different people There is the violent racism inflicted mostly by skinhead gangs neo-nazis the Ku Klux Klan and the Aryan nations These groups direct their hatred to all kinds of different people Blacks Asians and Hispanic These are todays problems The novel My Antonia by Willa Cather brings out different types of discrimination such as racism sexist and anti-immigration back in the 1800s Racism blind ones self so much that all one could see in another race is something ugly and disgusting all because they are different The illustration in the novel when Jim descried an African-American child as a Negro head yet almost no head at all without anything behind their ears but folds of neck under closed-clipped wool page 118 Another situation was when Jim descried an African-American woman as a buxom Negro wench page 119 Including the part where Jim describes that Lapland women were fat and ugly with squint eyes page 154 I have seen these situations usually in a verbal fight of two people of different races They would try to hurt each other by verbally throwing inferior describing at each others ethnic background or physical features Natives seem to have a natural instinct of not being able to trust foreigners Most of the time is because they have insufficient knowledge about foreigners such as times in the novel when Jims uncle mentioned how you can not trust the Swedes to be fair page 84 I have seen parents who would not let their kids hang out with kids that are different race They tend to believe that kids who are not the same race
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