Essay About My Personal Experience

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Personal Experience As a child, I never experienced racism it wasn’t until my teenage years when I started to take notice to the prejudice that occurs in America. It probably never affected me before this time because I am white, however, I’ve seen it happen to kids I went to school with and friends of mine. The one occurrence of racism that deeply affected me took place in 2009 during the swine flu epidemic. I rode the bus with this kid who I have previously encountered in the past name Augusto. His family moved from Mexico the prior year and I would ask him questions about his experience with coming to America. Well because of the swine flu epidemic people were blaming Mexicans saying that it was their fault the virus came to America.
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His stop was before mine so when the bus arrived to his stop Gus said thank you and appreciated me being there for him. He got off to his stop his family was waiting outside to greet him. Augusto told them what happened as the bus was leaving to move on to the next stop his mom and dad waved at me to say thank you as well. I couldn’t imagine anyone calling me or my family dirty or saying that I should go back to where we came from. It was hard to imagine that anyone would say that to him, however, even today people still discriminate and oppress…show more content…
Especially with Trump running for president we have seen an uproar in attacking minorities. Trump has attacked Mexicans and many other racial groups, however, people in America support his racism. Trump has stated that “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bring crime. They’re rapists… And some, I assume, are good people.” These aren’t just words they affect other people, they affect Augusto and his family as well as other Mexican families.
There are systems put in place to oppress minorities which causes the violence that is created. “Minority relationships become recognized by the majority as a social problem when the members of the majority disagree as to whether the subjugation of the minority is socially desirable or in the ultimate interest of the majority” (Zastrow, Kirst-Ashman, 242). The groups of people who have been singled out for unequal treatment has changed over the years, but not all of them. African American and Native Americans have been oppressed so many times within our history and in 2016 they still fight to gain more

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