Oroonoko or the Royal Slave Call to Action

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Humanity has made great strides towards equal rights and opportunities for all races and genders. In 1865 Slavery in the United States was abolished which gave hope to a people oppressed. However though slavery is no longer legal, racist thoughts still course through the veins of an older generation and trickle into the minds of today’s youth. Oroonoko of the Royal Slave by Aphra Behn struck a deep cord to stand up for others due to the lack thereof in the story. I grew up in San Marcos, Texas where the white population is a 25% minority to 68% Hispanics. My classmates were the stereotypical lower class “ghetto kids”, and I loved each and every one of them. These teenagers grew up with difficult backstories of parents struggling to put food on the table and dads that never stuck around. Day after day I witnessed their exclusion from the school due to the attitude of their peers and adults committed to forming their education. The higher-class white kids constantly made jokes regarding the lack of civility of the Hispanics and made a conscious effort to let them know how much of an embarrassment they were to them and the school. Being raised in harsher environments, the lack of respect shown toward them was met by hostility. In addition, the teachers of the school quickly gave up and didn’t put a large amount of effort into the success and education of these students. They were doomed from the start and people act surprised when the pregnancy rate gets as high as 80 students per year and Hispanic graduation rate is only 70%. Being in a 5A school, 30% is an abundance of kids who chose to start their jobs early. Day in and day out I chose to live in my own bubble and not stand up for those around me. Sure, I cutely played off the occasional rude remark said by close friends, but I never stood up for them when they deserved it. In Oroonoko or the Royal

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