My Media Homework Assignment: 

The assignment was to interview a family member and write a story (100-150) words about it. I interviewed my mother, who told me about her encounters with racism and then her thoughts on the topic of it and all forms of discrimination. Here is my story:

 

 Only being a young child, LaVora was unaware and confused about racism when she first encountered it. But now, as a grown women, she has her own personal view and voice about the topic, and discrimination in general.

 “Racism—and other discriminatory acts—is a system of advantage based on that act. Find people who are at a disadvantage, and help them gain that privilege,” LaVora says.

LaVora first experienced racism at 7. She was riding her bicycle when a little white boy (about 5) was getting into the car with his parents. He saw her and pointed, saying, “Look! There’s a Nigger!”

“That was the first time I ever felt different because of my race,” LaVora said, “I felt ashamed, like something was wrong with me, but excited to tell my family”.

At 24, in the restaurant she worked in, a man ordered his food and then said: “Hurry up Nigger!” She responded by throwing his soup in his lap. “I wasn’t going to just let someone call me a nigger and get away with it.” LaVora stated.  It was the last time anyone called her that

LaVora believes that everyone should be appreciative about the privilages and advatages they have on other people, because there is always someone out there who is at an disadvatage. But sadly, we take them for granted everday.

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