Respecting Diversity

Essay by EssaySwap ContributorHigh School, 12th grade February 2008

download word file, 3 pages 0.0

Downloaded 28 times

Diversity needs to be respected in order to keep our community healthy and safe. In the three works "Blues Ain't No Mockin' Bird" by Toni Cade Bambara, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" By Maya Angelou, and "The Washwoman" by Isaac Bashevis Singer, it shows how diversity should be respected. In "Blues Ain't No Mockin' Bird" Granny and Granddaddy weren't respected by the camera men because they didn't have much money. In the autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" Maya tells her story of when she was a child growing up in the segregated part of America. In the essay "The Washwoman" there is a woman who is a gentile, between seventy and eighty years old, and is still washing clothes for Jewish people.

Diversity is clearly disrespected in "Blues Ain't No Mockin' Bird" when granny tells the camera men to stop filming, but they don't.

Granny says "Suppose you just shut that machine off.'" (Bambara, 83). Granny doesn't want people to think that her family is poor and that she uses food stamps. From bad experiences, Granny deeply dislikes camera men: "So here comes ... this person ... with a camera, takin pictures of the man and the woman. Takin pictures of the man in his misery about to jump, cause life so bad and people been messin with him so bad. This person takin up the whole roll of film practically. But savin a few, of course." (Bambara, 83).

Granddaddy then came home and set things straight.

In "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" respecting diversity is essential for Uncle Willie. Uncle Willie's diverse situation leads people thinking that he is not like everyone else. His disability starts when he is only three years old: Momma related times without...