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Jesus Colon "The Mother, the Young Daughter, Myself, and All of Us"

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Rachel Scully

on 5 November 2014

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Transcript of Jesus Colon "The Mother, the Young Daughter, Myself, and All of Us"

Segregation is the separation of people based on ethnicity, race, or class. It became popular after the abolition of slavery at the end of the civil war. There are three amendments against segregation, 13th, which abolished slavery in 1865, the 14th, which ordered equal rights in 1868, and the 15th, which gave all male citizens in the U.S. the right to vote in 1870. However, the Jim Crows law still allowed segregation. Also in the Brown vs. Board case, it allowed schools to violate the 14th amendment. Segregation ended officially in 1965 when the civil rights act was ordered.
The story starts, in the authors point of view, with himself in a diner. He soon sees a mother and a daughter walk in, the mother asks the daughter to sit next to him as there were not enough seats to sit together. To which the daughter remarks, "I won't sit beside no nigger." After that being said, no words were spoken between any of the people in the diner or Jesus himself.
This powerful short story shows the reader that no one was innocent back then, not even the children. They were still being taught racism even when laws and amendments were made against it. To make it worse, in the end no one said a word. That shows that the problem is not going to be fixed. Also, relating to "us and them", she thinks she is better than the man. A
thinks that she is better than a grown man. That really shows what they were being taught.
In conclusion, racism is taught. So, children can not always innocent. They can be participants in acts of hatred, which are the building blocks to making the problem whether it be racism or anything else. We must teach them that everyone is equal and different, because children are the next generation.
The narrative, "The Mother, the Young Daughter, Myself, and All of Us", is an overview of some racism in the 1950s and 1960s. It also shows the thought- provoking act of a
being racist. That really shows that there wasn't any innocence back then, not even from a little girl.
Jesus colon's "The mother, the young daughter, myself, and all of us"
Connections to "Us and Them"
These pictures show how everything was about one group of people being above and "more powerful" than another group of people. It was not only a very racist way of thinking but, a very fascist way of thinking as well. Everyone was thinking this way even the teenagers who signs say "we don't want no niggers in our schools". Also nobody was spared not even little children.
(discuss with your group or as a class)
1. What do you think just by the title, The Mother, The Daughter, Myself, and all of Us you would be reading in this article
2. Think about if you lived in that time, would you have said anything to the little girl.
*remember image was a huge thing for white people to keep up
3. In European history they thought the none Aryan Race had a sickness or a disease, do you think the white people thought that again or was it for a different reason?
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