Coming Of Age In Mississippi: Internalized Oppression

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Internalized oppression is an extreme subconscious acceptance of dominant society’s stereotypes and biases. In the novel Coming of Age in Mississippi, internalized oppression disunites the black community in the face off white oppression. The black community supports the oppression because they accept the injustice for their equality. The author’s family looks down upon rebelling against the injustice and her mother claims, “Black people have to deal with misery in life”. Internalized oppression affects all lifestyles by altering people’s physical appearance, limiting ones capability, and accepting injustices.
The extreme personal discrimination alters peoples’ self-esteem or the perception people look at themselves. On the Tyra Banks show, Banks confronts an Asian American woman who had surgery to make her eyes look more like the European/American ideal of beauty. The 25-year-old woman interviewee made multiple excuses why she got the procedure. The woman claims her “eyes started to sag” and she appeared “tired”; she wants a more youthful appearance. She confesses to Banks that she was the only Asian child in Apple Valley, California and as a
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Padilla refers to a “1992 survey ‘found that up to 84 percent of Mexican-Americans agreed with the statement that 'There are too many immigrants.” Padilla emphasizes ‘Mexicans themselves internalize the “Anything but Mexican” mindset. This limits their capability to become what the internalized dominant society wants them to be. The “colonized movement created by the Chicano movement makes Latin Americans “feel embarrassed by the poverty and rural ways of the immigrants. Mexican-Americans want to fit into the American culture and do not want to be associated with immigrants.” Latin Americans express that they feel worthless or not good
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