Indian Horse Racism Analysis

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Racism has been present in society since forever, maybe even the very first day that two men of different races met. Racism is defined as “the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.” Usually racism is a belief that a person with a certain race has better abilities, attributes and skills. If this belief is to distinguish as superior it can have tragic events occurring between two types of groups. An example of two types of groups that have separated into an image of rivalries fueled with competition are the ‘Whites’ and the ‘Indians’, as shown in the novel Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese, where the devastating effects of racism and discrimination are evident in the protagonist Saul Indian Horse, for his spirit is nearly broken all together by them, most notable in how he was forced to live in a cruel Residential school, he endured taunting in the hockey world, and bullying in the work force, affecting a lifelong struggle with severe depression and alcoholism. Shortly into the novel, it is evident that when Saul was just a child, he was taken away from his family and innocence as he is taken to an Residential School, tossed into a …show more content…

The Residential school stole his innocence when he was just a child and created an unimaginable outlook on life. Hockey was supposed to be that escape but that was stolen from him as well through constant taunting. In the workforce, isolation grew leading to alcohol and depression. Through the racism he faced, it was evident how Saul was affected both internally and externally as he endured more than anyone does. Saul’s culture, memories, hope, faith, language, traditions, tribe and freedom were taken from him all because of his skin

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