American Flag By Gregory Jones Analysis

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Is discrimination a choice? Or is it something you're taught. “American flag stands for tolerance”, “My so called enemy”, and “What of this goldfish would you wish?” all show themes of discrimination, there are many different ways in which it is shown but it is present in the anthologies/trailer. Discrimination is thought of as something that can’t be changed and that is done in only racial forms such as treatment, jokes, language, behavior, etc. Though discrimination is largely done in a racial sense, not all of it is. Many people discriminate against their own culture and their own ways, their neighbors, even people who they have never met. Discrimination is found everywhere and is a problem that we may not be able to change. Is discrimination …show more content…

The case on a man of the name Gregory Lee Johnson. He was a protester and during a protest to get people to notice he, knowing it would cause an uprise, set an american flag aflame. This lead to the state of texas to harshly criticize the man and to go the the extent of sueing him. The case by the name Texas v.s. Johnson was a case that was taken to the supreme court, in which they made the ruling that Johnson was using and was protected under the rights of the first amendment through expression. The state took this with a grain of salt as they did not agree with this decision. When the incident took place the first thing the state did was try to arrest and prosecute this man. This is proof that people are quick to judge and that they were first to discriminate towards a fellow american man. Discrimination is something that can be shown through action, expression, or even silence. There is no evidence that people talked to him specifically or that someone came to confront him in anyway, but the actions that proceeded were enough to speak louder than words anyone could say. After Johnson set the flag to flames …show more content…

Many things can bring up this question and there are many questions as to how something like this can be taught and if it is even possible. To answer that question it is true and happens all over the world, the biggest example is the palestinian and israeli conflict. Discrimination between the two groups has been happening for years and could only have continued for so long if the child were taught to discriminate and hate the other group. A very well example of this is a documentary called, ‘My So Called Enemy’. This is a documentary that follows a very interesting plot. The idea is to take 10 girls from around israel to come together for a couple weeks and create friendships with one another and then to follow these girls to see what has happened to thee connections in 7 years. During this little film they show interviews of all the girls and this one response kinda set up the whole conflict and told us what it is all about in just a few words. “When i look at these girls as individuals, they are my friends, but when i look at them as a group and remember what they did to my father, they are the enemy” (-Ina, My So Called Enemy). This shows just how much of a hate and discriminatory centered world she was born into. These ladies all have no reason to hate the other race, yet they still do. this is due to them being born into this, there parents taught them what they know and they don't know any better. Deep down it is visible that each and every

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