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Racism.Three stories: Afrika Road, The Prisoner who Wore Glasses, and Why dont you Carve Other Animals, tell about Africa and how racial discrimination is a big problem.

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Paul Ermanski English 10 CP2 Comparative Essay 4/28/2007 Racism, the belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others. All across the world racial discrimination has been a serious problem. In Africa 80% of the population is black and the 20% that are white have all the power, is it not true that all men are created equal? Three stories: Afrika Road, The Prisoner who Wore Glasses, and Why don't you Carve Other Animals, tell about Africa and how racial discrimination is a big problem. A more dramatic story is the movie "The Power of One" about an English boy growing up in Africa and his struggles. In these short stories and in the movie racial conflicts are evident in the form of white against white, white against black, and black against black. Not all white people believed that they were superior to the blacks, this concept made the racist whites turn against other whites. ...read more.

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In Afrika Road, it is said how even though 80% of the population is black, the white people still have the power. This idea is also expressed metaphorically in Why Don't You Carve Other Animals? When it says " The elephant has ruled the forest for a long time, he is older than the forest, but the giraffe extends his neck and struts above the trees, as though the forest belonged to him. He eats the topmost leaves, while the elephant spends the day rolling the mud. Do you not find it interesting? This struggle between the elephant and the giraffe, to eat the topmost leaves in the forest?" In that quote the giraffes represent the whites and the elephants represent the blacks. Even though the elephants rule the forest they spend the day rolling in the mud, while the giraffe gets to eat the topmost leaves. The Prisoner Who Wore Glasses more closely compares to the white against black conflicts seen in The Power of One. ...read more.

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One person can only go so far, it's when many can come together to be one that real progress is made. Racial conflicts were definitely present in both the movie and the stories with white against white, white against black, and black against black. The message from both the movie and the stories is clear in that, when people work together and treat each other equally things work out better and times a lot happier. This quote from Why Don't You Carve Other Animals is a good example of how everyone is and should be treated equal. "The giraffe walks proudly, majestically, because of the beautiful tapestry that he carries on his back. That is what the struggle is about. Otherwise, they are equals. The elephant has his long tusk to reach the leaves and the giraffe has his long neck." Everyone has their own qualities and contributions to make, people just need to stop seeing others weaknesses and look at their strengths, when many come together as one it is unstoppable. ...read more.

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