Reflection Paper of “a Class Devided

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I’m African-American and I was born in Washington DC and was raised by Nigerian parents. Growing up, I dealt with a lot of racism as a small child when kids would call me names like “African booty-scratcher,” before enrolling in a private school. I remember getting questions about Africa like “Did y’all grow up in huts?” and “Is it true that Africans dance around the fire at night?” I always answered the questions, and then one day, I grew tired of it and told my mother about it. As I got older I learned not to be upset, that people really are just clueless. After I watched the “A Class Divided” video, it brought back bad memories of me being discriminated against for not only being African, but for also being different. The video, to me, was an accurate way to explain the issues of the hardships of discrimination. I have encountered so many debates on “African-American vs. Africans, and was very shocked by the fact that on both occasions, there were negative things said about both sides. There were some comments that claimed that because some Blacks were not born in Africa, they refuse to refer to themselves as “African-Americans.” There were other comments that claimed that Blacks were too blinded by “the white man” to be proud of where they are from. In my opinion, African is a nationality and when someone calls someone else “black,” he or she is talking about the person’s race, not their nationality. To me, although racism isn’t completely gone, things are improving. A lot of people didn't vote for Obama because of his race, but because of the issues they believed in. This is a huge step, to look past the race and vote for the person they feel is best. Martin Luther King's dreams are getting closer to becoming a reality. We are going in the right direction. Dr. King would be pleased with the strides in equality both racially and sexually, but I think he'd be
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