Ernest Wilkins: The Right To Discrimination In Modern Society

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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, a man with extra ordinary mettle’s story shows us how people from certain looked down sections find it hard to balance their life between the urge to rise beyond the benchmarks of stereotyped society, their right to dignity and the thirst for acceptance into something called the mainstream society. This varying shades of intricacies in personal and professional life of Ernest Wilkins is a matter of high interest. This article tries to peek into the prodigy’s inspiring life through varied lenses.
On November 27th of 1923, J Ernest Wilkins, Sr. a highly educated African – American lawyer who was also a Maths graduate and PhD holder, who later went on to become the first African American to hold a sub-cabinet position in the United
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