Ways of Racial Categorizing Essay

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What is discrimination? Discrimination is a combination of representation, stereotyping and ideology set by society to rank different groups of people. In an excerpt of “The Woman in the Window”, Ramona Lowe shows that there is a racial discrimination toward African-Americans in America. The story focuses on Mrs. Jackson, an African-American who lives in the north, and the struggles she faces at her work place. She was hired to cook in front of a restaurant window dressing as a stereotypical “Southern mammy” (Lowe 3) to attract customers. While cooking in front of the restaurant window, Mrs. Jackson was laughed at by a group of white kids who called her “Aunt Jemima and nigger” (Lowe 3). Clearly, Mrs. Jackson was mistreated because the …show more content…
Kraft was requesting for Mrs. Jackson’s name and “surveying her with the brazen air of a master” (Lowe 1). This situation indicates that Mr. Kraft knows fully well that he is her superior. He asks for her first name because he didn’t want to call her Mrs. Jackson, which shows formality and equality. Since he wants to call her by her first name, he must think he is above her. Another example of the owners representing high-class is when Mr. Kraft says he wants Mrs. Jackson to cook in front of the window “displayed just like the pancakes and waffles” (Lowe 2). This shows that he is superior and has the power to exploit Mrs. Jackson because his racial status is higher than her. Again, indicating that he represents the high-class in society. In the quote mentioned, he is comparing her to “pancakes and waffles”, which implies that he thinks of her as an object. The examples above show that racial discrimination is presented in the story by having Mr. Parsons and Kraft represent the high-class. The use of representation extends from the owners to Mrs. Jackson. While Mr. Parsons and Kraft represent the rich white people, Mrs. Jackson represents the poor Blacks. The story reveals that Mrs. Jackson is a representation of the low-class by showing the owners being disrespectful to her. This action was first seen when Mr. Parsons asks an implied question “‘I’ll bet your home’s in Georgia.’ Without waiting for this conjecture to be

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