“The Lesson” by Bambara, “Everyday Use,” by Alice, “How to Date a Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl, or Halfie,” by Juno share an inner connection that makes them sew a big picture that explains how society ranks you based on your social class, level of education, and race. Also, they show how it is like to be from a disadvantaged background and life in poverty. They show how the way you perceive the surrounding environment influences your perspective.
The story “Everyday Use” took place in a rural environment in the U.S. which was a very poor village and most people who reside there didn’t have enough education neither able to send their children to college. The story “The Lesson” took place in an urban area, New York City Specifically in a slum neighborhood where most residents are not able to afford to live and admit their students to a school that provides valuable education. The story “How to Date a Browngirl,…” took place in a slum neighborhood in Puerto Rico where most residents were too poor and the crime rate was too high. All of the three stories share a common setting which is a poor neighborhood where people can’t even afford to live. On the other hand, “The Lesson” took place in the nineteenth, “Everyday Use” took place after the Jim Crow era, “How to Date a Browngirl,…” took place in the nineteenth. All of the three stories took place in a time where there was a huge conflict in an environment where the story was.
“Everyday Use” express conflict between both of the daughter because of their level of education that makes them perceive the world in a different way. “The Lesson” express the conflict between oneself and society in which Ms. Moore trying to fix the educational disproportional between the poor and the rich in the U.S. In “How to Date a Browngirl…” demonstrate a problem between self and the society in which how society judge you based on socials classes. All of these three stories show that if you are poor, most rich people will exclude you because you don’t belong. Social class rank you and make you more or less worth because society perceives you in that way. The racial inequality in the U.S. exists because of practicing discriminating laws for a long time against minority until today. The poor neighborhood and in general poor people in the U.S. don’t get a good education, which contributes to making them poorer.
“How to Date a Browngirl…” teaches a lesson which is you should treat everyone based on what he expected, so you can be able to fit in his world. “The Lesson” evident that the racial wealth gap in the U.S. reaches its finest and it is responsible for the educational gap between the white people and people of color. “Everyday Use” proves that everyone perceives the world based on his own experience and thus people tend to have totally different opinions about the same things. These three stories demonstrate that money matters in this world because we live in a materialistic world and everyone should hustle in this world to get what he wants. The world is not always fair and it will never be fair, but everyone should do his best to make this world a better place. Everyone should make his community a better place by using his knowledge to help his fellow people.
The three stories above demonstrate that education is important because it opens our minds. Not only that, but it helps us to raise an informed generation. The wealth inequality in the U.S. makes a blockade on the people’s color because it forces them to live in a slum area and provide worthless education for their children, and it doesn’t allow them to achieve social mobility. Society will judge you and rank you based on your education, color, and wealth. Even the society will put expectations on you once they classify you into their own categories. Even though, everyone has his own point of view about categorizing people based on his experiences. I think the racial wealth gap should be deterred in the U.S. to guarantee basic human rights for everyone. Most rich people in the U.S. don’t make money by themselves, they take advantage of other people to make money. The U.S. legislators should granted a useful education to every child in the U.S. for free. The sad truth that the poor neighborhood in the U.S. receives a bad quality education which disqualifies them to enter college. We, people, should work together to guarantee an affordable life for everyone.
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