Racism & Discrimination Essay

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Ciffanii Allen English 100 Ms. Khan Essay 4 December 2, 2013 Racism and discrimination has been around for hundreds of years. Many people have tried to fight and abolish it. People such as Martin L. King. Over the years many people have fought against racism and discrimination; Although there is very little around now a days it it still around. Freedom Writers, a film produced in 2007 and directed by Richard LaGravenese(1), was written by a teacher, Erin Gruwell, and was based on her experience with her students at Woodrow Wilson Classical High school, located in Eastside, Long Beach, California. This movie reveals issues with racism and discrimination; but it also shows that, even though the students did not see their similarities in appearance, they were very much alike on the inside. Freedom Writers is a film based on racism and discrimination. It was originally a book known as “The Freedom Writers Diary” written by Erin Gruwell in 1961. It was based upon a group of students she taught and in which no one believed in. These students were from different “hoods” and were apart of their own individual gangs. After giving their teacher a hard time, Mrs. Gruwell simply brushed it off and continued to believe in her students. One who has viewed or read Freedom Writers would say that Mrs.Gruwell felt her students had a story to write. So she gave her students a journal they were to write in each day. She did various activities with her students and even took them on a trip to the Museum of Tolerance. With help from Mrs. Gruwell, the students grew and realized that they were not that much different from one another. The message of this movie was to allow those who discriminate against ones' appearance is that there is more to a person than their looks. All throughout the film it shows the struggles of each race growing up. It shows how each individual may go through
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