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Why Colored and Not Rainbow?

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Sarah Choi Professor Duff First Year Writing Seminar Analysis Paper Why Colored and Not Rainbow? The word, "colored", completely separates humans with the same exact organs within them, same emotions and attitudes and a common goal to survive in this world, but different skin colors allows inhumane treatment of the other. The white pigments on their skins gave those people an unexplainable right abuse the other people with a different skin tone. They are different on the outside but they have feelings and emotions, just like everyone else in this world. In the "Colored Waiting Room", taken in Georgia in September 1943, Esther Bubley focuses on a sign saying "Colored Waiting Room", which is a sign giving direction to a supposedly "separate but equal" waiting room due to the Jim Crow Laws. African Americans were still clearly discriminated under these new laws because the whites were still favored by the government and they received better education, service, products, treatment, etc. ...read more.


This black and white piece is simple and it only consists of one object but it tells a powerful story of the hardships of African Americans in the post-Civil War. Bubley is known to create intimacy with her subjects; this piece of work certainly captures' the subjects' interests and creates intimacy with her subjects. The people in that era have certainly seen one of those signs and are participants of the Jim Crow Laws. They might not support them but they still exist to separate people with two different colors of skin. The present subjects might not have seen these segregating signs before but they have certainly heard of the once racist United States and it still is under a certain degree. The African Americans are less discriminated now and it is now against the law but it still happens. It is not completely equal yet and it never will be, although many people have begun to accept that United States is trying to be equal in all aspects. ...read more.


They did not welcome these changes at all because all their farms and factories were ran by black people. They were their main source of labor. They were also afraid that the African Americans would cause a bloody revolt but instead, they were busy trying to survive, since they don't have a job anymore. Many went back to their old job because they were unable to find another job. Bubley's photograph entails a great amount of history with a simple sign. The sign represents discrimination and illustrates the hardships that the African Americans had to endure before they gained their rights as a citizen. Just because of their skin color, they lacked the rights to be treated equally in this world. The white and black people should trade places and learn how it's like to a black person for just one day. If they did that for just one day, they would realize how hard it was to be black. Imagine how much they hate having that skin color. Some were proud of it and weren't ashamed of it but some definitely wanted to be white just to be treated with respect. ...read more.

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