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Freedom Writers: Ethnocentrism

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Alyssa Amell

on 1 March 2016

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Transcript of Freedom Writers: Ethnocentrism


The belief of superiority of ones personal ethnic group, but it can also develop from racial or religious differences. Ethnocentric individuals believe that they are better than other individuals based solely on their heritage.

In simpler terms, ethnocentrism is being culturally unaware and having misjudgments based on peoples ethnicity or beliefs.
Among the students in Woodrow Wilson High School there were prejudice views of ethnic groups.
Every person believed that they had to protect their own, or thought that their gang was stronger and better than the others.
While Mrs. Gruwell was determined to change her students for the better, the students displayed their prejudice views of "white privilege" Andre said to Mrs. Gruwell:

"Why should I give you my respect to you? Because you're a teacher? I don't know you. How do I know you're not a liar standing up there? How do I know you're not a bad person standing up there? I'm not just gonna give you my respect because you're called a teacher."

Because she was white and a teacher, they believed that she didn't have good intentions for them, and expected her to give up on them.
5 examples of ethnocentrism
4. In class, the students mostly hated every person who wasn't of their ethnic groups or in their gangs. They had a problem being around them in class, and wouldn't speak to anyone of a different skin colour and if they did it was disses and racial slurs.

5. When Victoria exclaimed to Margret Campbell that she wanted out of her A.P class, she said that all the teachers mention how she is black. Therefore, meaning that black people aren't smart enough to be in A.P classes. As Andre said to Mrs. Moore that all the rich people with his skin colour (black) are rappers or in gangs, none of them are known for being smart. People have stereotypes of all ethnic groups, black people are rappers, white people are snooty, and asians are smart.
3 movies or books that demonstrate ethnocentrism

In the movie "The Help" ethnocentrism behind it is the hate towards African Americans. It shows the side of the story from maids perspectives, the hate towards black people from white people and really displays how ethnocentric the white people act towards them, treating them to the equal of dirt or slaves. (Because they more than less were)
Movie Title: The Help
Cast: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain....
Year of depute: 2011
1. One prime example of ethnocentrism was when Jamal had a "portrait" drawn of him, they drew him with big lips to fit the stereotype of Africa Americans. But when Mrs. Gruwell asked the class if they would like a racist picture drawn of their own people, they all replied "No." Even though none of them would like a picture drawn of them like that, they believed it was okay to do it to other races because their race was better.

2. When Eva told Mrs. Gruwell she hated her for being white, she exclaimed that a white person killed her friend. That's why she hates white people on sight, the prejudice is that every white person will do that because of their skin colour.

3. Another example of Ethnocentrism would be when Margret is always discriminating and essentially shunning Mrs. Gruwells students because of their race and colour. She didn't believe the students in her class deserved to learn proper education because it would've been a 'waste'. She continually told Mrs. Gruwell that the students weren't worth the hassle, and didn't want them to have the proper essentials for learning. Giving them dumbed-down versions of Shakespeare instead of allowing them to improve their reading levels.
5 examples of ethnocentrism
Sydney & Alyssa
Freedom Writers: Ethnocentrism
How is ethnocentrism displayed in the movie, Freedom Writers?
2. The Boy in The Stripped Pyjamas.
Bruno is a 9 year old boy who lives in Berlin and WW2 moves to a new town (Auschwitz) and ventures out to explore the environment, he encounters a boy wearing striped pajamas and a golden arm band on the otherside of the fence and befriends him. Bruno's family hosts a dinner for Adolf Hitler and his companion Eva. Bruno's imprisond friend Shmual asks for Bruno's help in finding his Father. Bruno disguises himself as one of the prisoners and enters the death camp, the 2 boys are tragically killed in the gas chambers.
Actors: Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis,
Rupert Friend.
Writers: John Boyne (novel) Mark Herman
Date of depute: 2008
3. 42

42 is a movie about baseball, the main character Jackie Robinson is the first black man to ever be in the professional baseball league. As you may be able to imagine, the ethnocentrism behind this is hate of black people from white people. Jackie Robinson didn't put up with the racist slurs thrown towards him, he didn't have any support at first but later the white race started to accept him, instead of alienating him.

Movie: 42
Caste: Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie, Lucas Black
Year of debute: 2013

Females for a long time have been discriminated, even in today's society there are still people who believe women are less than men. Women weren't allowed to vote until 1920, women were mainly housewives. Expected to clean, take care of the kids, cook dinner, and do whatever the husband needed, women's lives were very bleak. Going through everyday struggles of female suppression is still very real and alive, it's harder to get a job in labor or anything that includes heavy lifting. It's looked down upon to have short "boy" hair, or flat chests, the perfect picture of a women has always been there. And it's very hard to fit in the description of a perfect woman.


Everyone has misconstrued judgments of people around them, but the place that is most shown is in the work place. A lot of managers/ bosses treat part time employees and everyone lower than them badly, because they are "higher" up and believe that they are better than them.


In school, there's a difference from being in University Level or College Level. We have both noticed personally that University Level students think they're smarter than College Level students, and unfortunately some teachers treat student unequal to University Level students as well.
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