Oppression In Ronald Takaki's A Different Mirror

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After reading “A Different Mirror” by Ronald Takaki, Chapter 6 of “Chicana and Chicano Art” by Carlos Jackson, and Surveillance by Ashaki M. Jackson, I learned about how collectively minorities face oppression based on their race and how even through all the adversity they faced they still considered themselves to be American although others did not consider them to be. In the beginning of “A Different Mirror”, it describes how the end of WWII sparked a fire for minorities desire to be considered first class citizens such as white americans. Throughout the readings I also learned about how and why many minorities migrated to America. All in all this week's readings really opened my eyes, from the powerful poems in Surveillance to how chicano art has been publicly…show more content…
The oppression of minorities throughout history has been evident throughout the history of this nation starting with the Natives and Africans. This oppression made it harder on non-whites to be successful due to limited resources and opportunities. To me growing up I experienced this first hand, growing up in La Puente I grew up in a mainly minority community, I noticed how other schools early on prepared students for college while we were prepared to simply graduate. Leading me to ask What if my school did the same? Would more of my classmates be in college?. Although oppression is still apparent there has been many opportunities to succeed for example WW1. The war gave new opportunities to minorities, allowing them to serve and receive benefits such as the G.I. Bill in return for their service. This new opportunity gave a sense of hope and patriotism to minorities. Coming with our human nature we always want more and are never satisfied. It sparked a sense of ethnic pride which started the civil rights movement in which minorities wanted equal rights for all. The war had changed minorities mindset giving a sense of entitlement to
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