Part-Time Indian Stereotypes

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You live in an underdeveloped community. Surrounding you are alcoholics, struggling impoverished families, and people who have given up. It’s sad, but you don’t do much. There aren’t many job opportunities, so pretty much everyone is living in poverty. You’ve been a “smart” kid growing up. You want to go to a good school, maybe even college. How are you supposed to? Where will the money come from? How will you get the opportunities when you are so behind from everyone else? These are all good questions, and when the “you” of this story has these questions running through their mind, they will probably think of straying away from their small community and doing something for themselves. Now they are faced with a decision best represented by…show more content…
Diverse communities are stronger. Diversity means different or unique. Not everyone in the community are exactly the same. There are some of this race, some of that race. Some of people with this type of education, some people with that education. If everyone is the same, who are you going to learn from? In the Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, most of the book is focused on Junior’s struggles. You see how he benefits from going to Reardan, but not how anyone else does. When Junior joins the all white school, it helps teach the students to let go of some of the stereotypes they had been brought up with. They all stayed away from the “creepy, violent, Indian kid” at first. Until a few took the time to get to know him and became friends. Near the end of the book, the students at Reardan have learned a great deal from Junior. He earns the respect, most easily shown through the basketball team, of most students. An article was released by Diversity Digest. They talk about who exactly benefits from diversity. The truth is, everyone does. They mention how these kids growing up with diversity will be more academically developed, satisfied with their own benefits and situations, more culturally aware, and will help promote racial understanding. These are all good things that we need more of in our
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