In the essay “Shame” Dick Gregory endured a certain kind of racial discrimination. He was discriminated in a way that all young minorities probably had to deal with. His teacher put Gregory to shame in his early years of schooling. I can personally relate to the way Gregory felt. Not saying that I was racially discriminated against but socially I was labeled.
             Gregory had it rough in the early years of his schooling process. He lived as a poor minority, and because of that he was treated as less than human. Just to describe his early lifestyle. He only had a few pair of clothes that he had to wash in a bucket of hot water. To sum it up he didn’t have a father and his mother was around as much as she could be, but he basically grew up with his siblings. They all did what they could to be presentable. In school Gregory was a troublemaker, and on top of that his teacher thought he was stupid and incompetent. In class his teacher made him sit in the “idiot’s chair.” It was a chair in the back of the room with a circle drawn around it on the floor. Gregory believed that this horrible treatment was all because he was a minority. An example of this racism proved true when it was time to donate to the community chest. The teacher would ask each student what his or her parents would contribute. Gregory was determined to top whatever “his love” Helene Tucker would put into the chest. His teacher began calling names she called everyone but him. So he decided to take matters into his own hands. He stood up and tried to say what his father would give to the chest, but the teacher rudely interrupted him and told him to sit down. Gregory ignored the remark and continued on to say, “My daddy said he’d give fifteen dollars.” The teacher turned to him with an angry face and replied, “we are collecting for you and your kind, Richard Gregory. If your daddy can give fifteen dollars you have no business being ...

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