Many topics present in the novel Unwind by Neal Shusterman are relevant in today’s society. One of these topics is racism. While race does not usually play a role in deciding whether or not one should be unwound, the idea of treating a person differently due to something he or she cannot control is shown in both topics.
Racism has been an issue in society since the beginning of the idea of race itself. Though African-American slaves were emancipated after the Civil War in 1865, they are still continuously discriminated against for their skin color. For years, black Americans were not allowed to vote, sit in the front of public transportation vehicles, or eat and receive an education at the same establishments as white Americans. Eventually…show more content… A modern example of such discrimination is the countless fatal confrontations between police officers and African-Americans. An influx of these confrontations in the 2010s have resulted in over two-thousand protests for racial equality since 2014 alone, almost all of which have been coordinated by the Black Lives Matter organization (Elephrame). Black Lives Matter is “a chapter-based, member-led organization whose mission is to build local power and to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state,”(Black Lives Matter). Much of the attention brought to racial inequality today is by the work of Black Lives Matter, as they use social media to spread the word about police violence against African-Americans. While many societal changes have taken place since the countless marches and protests of the 1960s, many African-Americans are still stereotyped and treated differently for their…show more content… While Caucasians are now referred to as sienna and African-Americans are now called umber, race is not a common determining factor in the decision for one to be unwound. However, teenagers are treated differently and discriminated against based on their title. Children that are set to be unwound or “Unwinds” are seen as troublemakers by their peers, whereas tithes are seen as angelic children of God. In harvest camps, the Unwinds or “Terribles” are forced to workout and be at their physical peak before their unwinding. Tithes, on the other hand, are put on a metaphorical pedestal and paraded around the athletic fields in white, silk outfits (Shusterman, 272-274). People in Unwind are not judged by their race, but instead their social and legal statuses and their fate.
Ultimately, racism and prejudice both play big roles in both today’s society and Unwind by Neal Shusterman. African-Americans and Mexican-Americans are not always treated the same way as their fellow American citizens, just as Unwinds are not treated the same as their peers because of their title. Racism and prejudice know no