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In the article, it can be clearly seen that the author, Maysan Haydar suffered judgments from other people. Her article was about her experiences from wearing veil as a part of their culture in Islam. She related on her article: On a New York City bus a couple weeks ago, I sat with another woman, also veiled, but wearing a traditional jilbab (a cloak that women wear over their clothing). A girl two seats over remarked to her friend, while flipping her hair for effect, that she couldn’t understand how we could dress this way. “Me, I got to be free.” (Haydar 184) Hayder had been a witness of prejudices of culture that people imply due to race distinction or racism. In the said experience, Haydar witnessed how other people-specifically Americans on the article-viewed poorly the wearing of veil in their culture. Haydar strongly disagreed on the girl of her notion of freedom (184). The experience related aroused the theme of racism and prejudices among peoples. And in line with this, there are two authors whose works were of greatly helpful in investigating the said theme. These authors are K. Anthony Appiah of Race, Culture, Identity: Misunderstood Connections and Edward W. Said of The Last Sky: Palestinian Lives. In Appiah’s work, there are two persons whose work had been studied to investigate on the issue of racism and these are Thomas Jefferson, an American and Mathew Arnold, an English. These persons who studied the meaning of race and its implications have different ideas about it.
Based on the analysis done by Appiah, Jefferson concluded that the two races, “blacks and whites” cannot be united due to major distinctions in many aspects. In the said book, Appiah quoted Jefferson’s statement why the two races can’t be reconciled. Jefferson stated: Deep rooted prejudices entertained by the whites; ten thousand recollections, by the blacks, of the injuries they have sustained; new provocations; the real distinctions which nature has made; and many other circumstances, will divide us into parties, and produce convulsions which will probably never end but in the extermination of the one or the other race. (Appiah 68) In addition, Jefferson precisely stated that the skin color distinction is one of the proofs why the “blacks” and “whites” can’t be united. And the other differences including how black men differ on white men in desiring a partner (69). This statement-the nature created blacks and whites as different to each other and cannot be one-does not fully justify racism that produces prejudices among peoples. However, through Arnold’s statement, the problem of racism in Haydar’s article could be explained further. It can be used to explain why prejudices still exist although people of today are products of merged races. Arnold, studied “mixed race”. He used British people as an example of mixed race. He concluded that although most of the people of Britain were of mixed people, they can still be classified into distinct races. He said that race can be rooted from ancestors and be passed on to generations where not only physical features, but also the moral, intellectual abilities and cultural distinctiveness are being passed on (Appiah 80-81). Arnold still clearly believes on racism like Jefferson however, Arnold was more open to the fact that races can be united or be merged and can live in
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