The world says, intelligence and talent are the criterion a man is judged upon. Is it really so? Even in the most modern and civilized of societies discrimination prevails in forms numerous and indirect.
In a most modern society, where we humans call ourselves advanced and rational, here is a story of a man whose life was shaped by indifference to his racial identity. We often tend to hush up or conclude the debates on colour, creed and gender disparities terming them evils that haunted the society in the past. But what about the discrimination these *marginalized* faced and continue to face on a day to day basis! Right to dignity of life though not constitutionalized is something as fundamental to each human as is breathing. Ernest Wilkins, …show more content…
He skipped grades, were given promotions and at a tender age of 13, he became the youngest ever student of the University of Chicago. He was celebrated as “Negro Genius” by the media, which proved that his intelligence couldn’t spare him of the “Negro” tag. He portrayed a meticulous university career. At the age of 17 he graduated in Mathematics, the following year he was awarded an M.S. He then continued with his doctoral studies at Chicago and submitted his dissertation Multiple Integral Problems in Parametric Form in the Calculus of Variations which earned him his PhD, at the age of …show more content…
Wilkins in short tried at times to conceal his racial identity in order to gain acceptance in the “white” circles. His niece, Carolyn Wilkins in her book, “Damn Near White : An African American Family 's Rise from Slavery to Bitter Sweet Success” discusses about the internal conflicts of the family and individuals in detail.
However, Ernest Wilkins played an instrumental role in the uplifting a lot of young talents from the “Black” community and inspired millions of passionate hearts. He taught in the Applied Maths and Mathematical Physics departments of Clark Atlanta University from 1990 to 2003. In the course of life, he married Maxine.G.Melone in 1984 and in 2003 tied knot with Vera Wood Anderson.
In his marvelous career he received numerous honours and awards for his contributions. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1940 and Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society in 1942, held fellowships in the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Nuclear Society and was inducted to the National Academy of Engineering and was also awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal by the United States Army, to name a few
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School was a struggle for him because of the language barrier from French to English and because he was behind most students in all the subjects except math. Math was a subject that he understood and did better at than other students. “This time I felt like my brain was working but my ears were not” (Cadet 102). He understood what was written on the board because math is universal across all languages but struggled with the terms that were used because of the English language. Although he struggled through the subjects, he learned quickly that he was equal to the rest of the students even if they were white.
Before Herman B Wells took charge of IU as president in 1938, the University was a small Midwestern college with just 11,000 students. By the time he died in 2000, it had become a world-renowned institution with more than 90,000 students on eight campuses. “He put Indiana University on the map, not just in the Big Ten, but nationally and internationally,” said James Capshew, associate professor of history and philosophy of science and author of a Wells biography. Wells served as the 11th president of IU from 1938 to 1962 and as chancellor from 1962 until he passed away in 2000.
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Charles F. Bolden was born in August 19, 1946 in Columbia, SC. He is 69 years old and he is still leaving to this day. He went to C.A. Johnson High School. There is really nothing about his early life or any childhood. Mr. Charles education and adult life was a lot that he did.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands at a moment of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” -MLK. A Lesson Before Dying is based in a modest community in the south. Written in 1993 but set right after WW2, A Lesson Before Dying promptly displays the prejudice and discrimination that many people faced during the 1940s. Through his writing, Ernest J. Gaines demonstrates the challenges and struggles of being successful, back in a time where many black men were brought down to the level of an animal.
Professor Beckham believes the only reason the term “race” still continues to be used is because of the “social significance” it still has in society. It is evident that there are physical differences between people of different races, but these differences have no meaning by themselves in society. Therefore, there are distinctions drawn about certain races because people align these physical differences to social or cultural differences we observe in different races. Even so, these sociocultural associations are rapidly disintegrating in our society.
Throughout history, humans have had their rights taken away from them due to their race, religion, and gender. The “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. King best conveys the central idea that human beings who live in a violently oppressive society suffer Injustice. However, some may say that “Women” by Alice Walker has best conveyed the suffering of human injustice. Women have suffered injustice throughout history; although some of this is true, the Negro community have suffered the most injustice. The Negro community has suffered injustice by the white community due to the color of their skin.
Violence can completely change people’s lives During 1965 the caste people were viewed only as thieves and worthless people. Similarly immigrants were treated the same way and often were violated against their skin color and ethical background. It was very unusual for a caste person and immigrants to be accepted into the society. Craig Silvey shows this in the novel Jasper Jones a lot of families were broken down due to violence and their prejudice coming from their within the family or outside.
The way African Americans responded to discrimination has changed over the years. Specifically 1890s-1920s and the 1950s-1960s. The strategies and tactics of these two groups altered over time, and with that so did their goals. The reason why African Americans decided to speak up was due to the fact of abuse they'd been suffering for years, maily being segregated and treated like aliens. These people were physically and mentally abused .
This can significantly limit a person’s potential who is facing ‘White Supremacy’. This topic is prominent within the public threw institutional racism in social media and the news. Also racialization is significant today as black people receive unequal treatment due to their different characteristics. Even though the Black Lives Matter movement is extremely important and helps in adapting society’s views on racism and how it is wrong, there is still much of it found today. Black people are a “racialized group that are singled out for unequal treatment on the basis of real or imagined physical characteristics”
Do people discriminate others to hurt them or they do not realize what their actions are doing? Racial discrimination is when a person is treated less favorably than another person in a similar situation because of their race, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin or immigrant status. One of the biggest discrimination in this country is racial discrimination towards Latinos and people of color. Racial discrimination has become a part of everyday life in America. We have to stop this hatred in our country because this country is based on freedom, peace, and home of immigrants.
Racial inequality has plagued our society for centuries and has been described as a “black eye” on American history. It wasn’t until the passing of The Civil Rights Act of 1965 that minorities were given equal protection under the law. This was a crucial step on our society’s road to reconciling this injustice. However, the effects of past racial inequality are still visible to this day, and our society still wrestles with how to solve this issue. In 1965, President Lyndon B Johnson said: “You do not take a person who, for years, has been hobbled by chains and liberate him, bring him up to the starting line of a race and then say you are free to compete with all the others, and still just believe that you have been completely fair.
I don’t believe it is human nature to hate each other, but I do believe that we are taught from a young age to dislike each other. We believe that either we are “superior” than the other or that we “deserve” it more. From that thought we grow to hate one another and choose to do everything in our power to make other people feel small. Unfortunately, in the U.S. there is a long history of discrimination. Starting from the Europeans coming to the New World and discriminating the Native Americans to now candidates for presidential elections discriminating different cultures.
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