Published on December 20, 2013
Un d oc Le um arn e ing F nte d rom Im Pa m st M ist ig r ak a n es ts
Stereotypes in To Kill a Mockingbird ● ● ● In the Negro church, First Purchase, they don't have hymn books because they do not have money for them. (pg. 160) In the courthouse, the Negroes had to wait for the white people to sit down before going in to sit, themselves. (pg. 218) “...the assumption-the evil assumption-that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral beings, that all Negroes are not to be trusted around our women, an assumption one associates with minds of their caliber.” (Atticus, pg. 273)
Stereotypes Related to Illegal Immigrants ● ● “Citizens [of the United States] see […] unauthorized immigrants as a hindrance to society and claim they are hurting our economy, school systems, and communities. […] A big question is which [of these] generalizations are actually true and which ones are completely based on personal beliefs.” (Larson) “Jeff Passel, senior demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center, says the [stereotype of an undocumented immigrant] that he hears the most – at least the one he can repeat – is 'a single young man who's working in day labor.' That man is probably from Mexico where he probably snuck across the border.” (Clark)
Current Jobs of Undocumented Immigrants ● ● Many undocumented immigrants are given “service jobs, at places like restaurants, or as janitors or cleaners.” (Clark) “Sergio Garcia wants to practice law in California. […] The California State Bar approves of him. Yet the federal government feels justified in declaring that he cannot be admitted to the Bar […] Why can't he be a lawyer? He's an illegal immigrant [...]” (Overby)
Stereotypes (cont'd) ● ● Because of stereotypes, Negroes' lives were very different than what they could have been. “Things like fleeing drug turmoil, starting a better life for their families, or finding a substantial job are among some of the popular reasons [for immigrating].” (Larson)
The American Dream in Of Mice and Men ● " 'I seen hunderds of men come by on the road an' on the ranches, with their bindles on their back an' that same damn thing in their heads. Hunderds of them. They come, an' they quit an' go on; an' every damn one of 'em's got a little piece of land in his head. An' never a God damn one of 'em ever gets it. Just like heaven. Ever'body wants a little piece of lan'. I read plenty of books out here. Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land. […]' ”
Changing Immigration ● ● ● The laws on immigration are set for a reason – a good reason. However, they are hindering good people's dreams and lives. We, as a nation, need to come up with new “required qualifications”. My proposition: The law should be changed, so that even if you have no money, nor connections to the United States, you might still be able to prove yourself worthy of citizenship.
Works Cited Clark, Krissy. "Who are the 11 million undocumented immigrants?." Marketplace.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Dec. 2013. <http://www.marketplace.org/topics/wealth-poverty/who-are-11million-undocumented-immigrants>. Larson, Benjamin. "Stereotypes." Undocumented Immigrants. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Dec. 2013. <http://undocumentedcitizens.wordpress.com/stereotypes/>. Lee, Harper. To kill a mockingbird. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1960. Print. Overby, Andrew. "Sergio Garcia: This Illegal Immigrant Is One Face of the American Dream." PolicyMic. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Dec. 2013. <http://www.policymic.com/articles/62429/sergio-garcia-thisillegal-immigrant-is-one-face-of-the-american-dream>. Steinbeck, John. Of mice and men. New York: Penguin Books, 1993. Print.
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