Ever wonder what the world would be like without racism or oppression? Would people actually get along and not judge? Or would they find something else to have a problem with. Is it possible to even live in a world without racism? Let’s heal the world with racism, by taking it out of the world. People will do and say whatever will make them feel better even if it’s at the expense of others. With art and literature you get an insight to how people are feeling and the troubles they have gone through.
By reading stories written by certain types of people, such as women, you get to see their troubles and even realize the way you see things or what have you been told aren’t totally true. By seriously looking into racism and oppression and how it has affected women, we have come to the conclusion that both oppression and women are hand in hand. “Racism is a pleasure within everyone’s reach” (Memmi 184). When Memmi made that stamen she was pretty much saying that nearly everyone is an unconscious racist.
Most people would take offence to that statement, but if you were to sit there and think about it you might realize you have made a racial comment to a friend. Or just to yourself without realizing that you just added you self to the long list of people that don’t like or trust someone because of something they can’t control. “The degrees range from the man who starts out, ‘I don’t have any prejudice against any race but… ’ to the one who claims the black man has a peculiar smell or the Jew a ‘concentration camp’ look. ” (Memmi 181).
There are people who will admit they are uneasy about certain types people being around them. There have been many incidents where store owners were seeing mostly watching over a certain ethnicity. And when confronted they deny it and act like it was no big deal. But it is a big deal these are real people, they living on earth just like us. They deserved to be treated just like us. We want to heal the world; women want to heal the world. But they can’t, they aren’t given the voice they need. Women are always considered the lesser sex.
Through the years the only way a women’s voice could be herd, would be through their writing. And many died for speaking their mind because it was wrong for women to stand up for what they believed in. It has been said “…Man can think of himself without women. She cannot think of herself without man” (Beauvoir 197). This stamen made me very upset, women don’t need me to get through our daily lives. But men need women as much as we need men. The population cannot grow without one or the other. There are things that women know and things women have gone through that seem unbearable.
But these women are strong and smart but no one wants to give them the chance to show they can make a difference and that they can heal the world. “The female is a female by virtue of certain lack of qualities” (Beauvoir 196). Racism at it’s finest; women are considered lesser because they are women and that’s how it’s always been. They aren’t even given a reason; we are women so there for we are not equal to men. “But women are not a minority, like American Negroes or the Jews; there are as many women as men are earth” (Beauvoir 198).
“They live dispersed among the males, attached through residence, housework, economic condition, and social standing to certain men…” (Beauvoir 199). Yes many men have made such a difference in this world good and bad, and there have been some women to help pave the way for us today. But there is so much more that women can do for this country. Just give us the voice we need. The sad thing about this entire world is, “Racism is as intimate a part of the child’s familial and social up bringing as the milk he sucks in infancy” (Memmi 182).
Not everyone has control over their upbringing as a child. Some children really stick by their families values and live and act the way their family wants them too, others will go their own path and make their own choices. Whether it they are one of the few people in the world who aren’t racist. Or they have particular issues about certain types of people because of their families or person experiences. Everyone has control over what they say and how they act. The real question is will they control it in a way that will help heal our world and get rid of some of the racism and oppression?
Works Cited “Art and Literature” Writing About The World Ed. Susan McLeod, John Jarvis, and Shelley Speer. 3rd ed. Boston: Thomson/Wadsworth, 2005. 271-274 Print. Beauvoir, Simone de. “Women as Other” Writing About The World Ed. Susan McLeod, John Jarvis, and Shelley Speer. 3rd ed. Boston: Thomson/Wadsworth, 2005. 196-201 Print. Memmi, Albert. “ Racism and Opression” Writing About The World Ed. Susan McLeod, John Jarvis, and Shelley Speer. 3rd ed. Boston: Thomson/Wadsworth, 2005. 181-188 Print.