Plight of Immigrants and Black People Living in America

Plight of Immigrants


Prejudice is a situation where an individual gives an opinion, or makes a judgment without any given reason, or one on one experience. This is well explained by the articles discussed below focusing on various topic and situations. The first article is about an Iranian immigrant who faces many challenges. The second article is about a black man who is discriminated in an affluent neighborhood because of his looks. These articles draw the contrast of marginalization among the society.

First Article

A Memoir of Growing up Iranian in America is an article written by Foroozeh Dumas that explores the plight of immigrants who try to establish their lives in America. Their children face many trials, as they have to socialize and interact with other children who are natives of America.

To start with, language background is one of the greatest challenges, which immigrant experience while growing up in this country. First, they have to learn English as it is the language used in the country. In the course of their learning, their friends normally tease them as they all have foreign accents. Secondly, most immigrants have different names for Americans, which are hard to pronounce, and when they are called, they normally create unnecessary attention to the audience. For instance, since Foroozeh Duma moved into the America, her schoolmates have always teased her because of her name. Most of the times, she had faced mockery whenever her name was mentioned in any platform.

This led her to add an English name to hers in order to fit in the society. She chooses the name Julie that was proposed by her dad. This led to a lot of positivity from her social circles, and people could now recognize her and pronounce her name with ease, unlike her former name. Moreover, having the name Julie made her life in college easier as she could identify herself with a specific social group. However, when she graduates from college, she decided to apply for various jobs using her native names. As a result, she faced a lot of rejection, but when she decided to include the name Julie; she started to get positive responses. Later when she went to a clinic in her town, she was embarrassed when the nurse called her by her native names, which created a lot of attention from other patients because she could not pronounce it correctly.

Nevertheless, times have changed, and Americans now appreciate other people names from different communities across the globe. Further, they are willing to learn new named as they embrace equality. Thus, the article explains the plight of immigrants in their social circle as they try to adjust to the social life in a foreign country. In most cases, they face countless challenges, but they adapt to the new culture and environments.

Second Article

Black Men and Public Space is an article written by Brent Staples that seeks to explain the plight of black men in various public spaces. The writer is a graduate of the University of Chicago who lived in one of the affluent neighborhoods in Chicago. However, he experiences what we would call discrimination based on color and where he lives. The first incident involved a young white woman who was in her early 20’s. It was late in the evening, and she was walking in one of the streets of Chicago. When she realizes that, a black man was following her, she run to her rescue. In the writer imaginations, the lady thought the man was a rapist, or even a mugger. This was the reason to why she even decides to run for safety as she thought that the man would eventually attack her.

Furthermore, the writer explains how he faced harassment from door attendants and bouncers in clubs as they saw him as an individual who looked like a thug because he was black. Later, when he moves to New York, he experiences the same prejudice as what he had in Chicago. Moreover, when women see her on the streets, they hold their purses and handbags more tightly as they fear him for a mugger. The article explains the plight of black men living in the country. By the fact that they are black, most local people treat them as outsiders and not as one of them in any way.

How Both Essays Connect

Both articles explain the plight that people who are not natives of America face when they are trying to adopt their environment. In both articles, the authors clearly explore prejudice and how Americans normally make a wrong judgment based on their opinions and not what is right. In the first article, the author is forced add the name Julie to what she already had in order to fit in the society. In the article, it is argued that most Americans are not able to pronounce her name, which brings attention from the audience whenever her name was mentioned. This made her feel uncomfortable leading to this decision. Moreover, it is evident that her decision makes her life much better as it makes her socialize with her peers. Thus, with a new name she can easily be recognized and less discriminated. Although the writer argues that times have changed, and Americans are willing to learn and appreciate new names, I believe immigrants have to do their best to end this. Changing their name will not change their identities.

Additionally, both articles show that people who are not American natives are normally discriminated against. The black man is evidently discriminated by bouncers and the door attendants because of his color. This is similar to Duma as people who cannot pronounce her name correctly spurs unnecessary attention, which makes her uncomfortable.

In addition, both writers have written these articles to explain the plight that that immigrants and black men go through in America. Both writers aim at airing their views and communicate what they think is not right. They all hope to get positive feedback and better treatment from those who live around then. As well, they seek to communicate that we should appreciate people from different diversities and not to discriminate then based on their names and color. It is the role of everyone in the society to ensure equality with no discrimination as everyone is equal. Finally, the society should learn to adjust and appreciate the changes as they come as the world continues to evolve.