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Discrimination has plagued the world since ancient times and continues to this day. People may be discriminated against simply because they look different or follow different customs. Historically it has been implemented by governments, but it is also implemented individually. "Response to Executive Order 9066" and "Legal Aliens" are two poems that refer to discrimination. "In Response to Executive Order 9066" by Dwight Okita is a poem describing the possible burial of Japanese Americans during World War II. The poem follows the perspective of a disoriented 14-year-old at school saying goodbye to her best friend. For no reason, the speaker's best friend because of a recent...show more content...
It can be done legitimately against an entire team or just against someone's appearance. These poems describe different ways in which discrimination is practiced. One of the poems shows that discrimination is done systematically, while another describes it happening on an individual level. Okita says, "Dear gentlemen: Of course I will" (650). The 14-year-old described the people who came to relocate her as "masters", that is, they were a kind of authority (65). The authority must have been part of the federal government and executed an executive order allowing anyone of Japanese descent to relocate. This intolerance was enforced and declared constitutional by the government. Mora said, "... Americans to Mexicans and Mexicans to Americans..." (65). Unlike the other poem, the speaker describes being prejudiced on a more personal level. This type of discrimination is perpetrated by individuals belonging to a group and not by the group in general. The similarity between the two poems is that both speakers are trying to portray themselves as quintessentially American. The author of "Responses to Executive Order 9066" states, "However, I have always found it strange to use chopsticks, and my favorite food is a hot dog" (650). The speaker seems to be moving away from her Asian culture, embracing the American way of life. he
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