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In Henry Louis Gates Jrs Whats in a Name a childhood incedent takes place that deals with his father assuming the name George from a white man he passes in the street Gates method is effective because it informs people of some of the problems that still go on today with African-American and helps us learn where and when to take a stand Taking a stand at the right time can lead other people to see efforts going on and join the resistance Much like Gates father I was forced to make a decision on the issue of racism that was a defining moment in my relationship to friends and to my stand against racism Never did I hate racism so much as I did after this event took place in my life I am white Period No questions asked I am the epitomy of the white man This includes pasty skin preppy clothes freckles cant run or jump love Spaghetti-Os and have no problem wolfing down a block of cheddar cheese with a Dr Pepper My best friends however happen to be a pair of African-American brothers who seem to be just the opposite Our simularities and friend relationships are based on humor Humor that pokes fun at ourselves and where we never really have to worry about hurting the others feelings or even needing a come- back line We crack our selves up Although they still tease me about the cheese I wont use the point about watermellon anymore This is because I know that niether Ephraim nor Johan will eat watermellon in public One can rarely ever catch these young men on the down side so why would a steriotype inflict enough pain to cause the fruit and vegetable lovers to miss out on the joys of watermellon Steriotypes hurt Even for guys that can laugh at anything wrong with them including self-professed stupidity This is why
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