Racism and segregation among different races took place since the beginning of time, “Accordion Crimes” by E. Annie Proulx explores a similar situation of new immigrants coming to America seeking for a better life also known as the American dream but soon realize what its all about. The story spreads over about 100 years. The life that immigrants were living was very difficult. Racism and discrimination was part of every day life, it can be pretty similar to what Muslims have to go through since the catastrophe of September 11, 2001 that changed the world for ever. When new coming Italians arrived to United-States, they were all seen as part of some mafia, generalization was punishing those that had nothing to do with it like the Muslims today. What can be done to stop hatred between races? The easy answer is education, but that’s not the only solution. In order to recreate the world of new immigrants coming to America Proulx didn’t use traditional narrative style but instead tried to use fragmentation style by not giving full complete stories which didn’t link to one another except of the accordion which was passed from family to family. By the traveling of the accordion we can see what went on in different house
It"tms like in the boot when all Italians that came from Sicily were all categorized to be part of a mob. That"tms why the son of the accordion maker decided to change his family name to an American name so he can be part of the main society not the minority. The recent attack on America which took place in New York and Washington on September 11, was accomplished by a group pf people that did not accept the life style of Americans and their values and for those and other reasons they wanted to stop our capitalist system by using extremes measures. This feeling shows that those groups of young Muslims follow the terrorist"tms network because they feel vulnerable, and by not having a strong government, being part of a network good or bad gives them some sort of security. By not being well educated, their information is controlled by a group of people which decide what to teach them, which results of raising a population to certain beliefs that a small group think to be just. By analyzing those common points we can understand their point of view. Muslims in America even though they are not related to the attacks are victims because people generalize all the time, its part o human nature. Stereotypes are part of none-educated human mind. This shows that the reason for most racism, hatred and xenophobia is simply the lack of education but the lack of real and just education. We have a feeling of violence in each story; in almost every story the ending finishes in a violent way; when Felix gets killed by a Japanese bomb, broken necks, car accidents and heart attacks. That"tms when education plays a central role. What is important is that for those problems to disappear, we need will power. If people are very well educated, it doesn"tmt necessary mean that they will be less racist.
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