Racism In A Soldier's Story

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Sierra Bell Dr. Thaddeo Babiiha English 1020.06 27, February 2013 Inborn Racial Hatred Many researchers have proposed the question of whether racism is an inborn characteristic or taught through traditions of hatred against the opposite race. The motion picture A Soldier’s Story allows one to make a clear and concise evaluation of not only the behaviors of white and black men during this time, but also the impact that racism had on all cultures, specifically African Americans. Sergeant Waters’s inability to recognize his misuse of authority, and racial hatred towards his own race, ultimately killed him. Sergeant Waters mentioned that his father stressed the importance of acting as White Americans, speaking like White Americans, and listen to their music in order to reach the levels of respect necessary to survive. In this instance, racism is learned through beliefs and observations based on his father’s personal experience. Yet, Captain Davenport is an example that one does not have to be racist in order to be respected. Davenport earned respect through his hard…show more content…
This stirred a lot of controversy over the case, and questioned who, more specifically what race, was more equipped to conduct this investigation. At first, Captain Taylor disputed the idea of having an African American work on this case because he felt that other white Americans would not take his work seriously. But after Davenport refused to be removed from the case, Taylor’s opinions change. One may suspect that Captain Taylor is not racist. He always treated his soldiers with the upmost respect and never took advantage of their hard work, on or off the baseball field. So this comes to no surprise that Captain Taylor befriended Davenport and was willing to help him with this case. In this instance, racism is neither inborn or taught. Racism is a
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