“We’re all in this together”. A phrase that I have heard more in the last few weeks than ever in my life. But with some families struggling to pay bills and get food after losing their jobs, and others sitting in pools on a trip to Florida “quarantining” in their vacation home, with some people fighting tooth and nail to stay safe, and others with lives that have barely changed, it makes me wonder, are we all in this together?

Even with the world changed in ways that we have never seen before, one can still discover thousands of discriminatory…


When I was a child, I thought that it would be hilarious to push my brother down a slide, until I then fell off the slide as well. My mom, who had witnessed the entire scene, then helped me up and said, “what comes around goes around”. While this was one of my first experiences with karma, it certainly wasn’t my last. As kids, we are all taught to treat each other as we would want to be treated, and that what you dish out, will just come back to bite you. I frequently questioned these statements, as there were…


In Nazi germany, Hitler brainwashed his citizens to thinking that the Jews should have been feared and that they would destroy the country if they weren’t stopped. This led to the worst genocide in history, and millions of Jews were slaughtered at the hands of the Nazis. Nazis and regular citizens then used that fear of Jews to justify their discrimination and torturing of them. While it is clear that the discriminatory acts in Germany against Jews during World War II were primarily based off of the fear of Jewish people, this idea is present in large scale events, such…


Discrimination In Othello

By: Kate Patterson

In Shakespeare’s play Othello, Othello, the main character, said “For she had eyes and chose me.” He said this after his wife, chose to marry him despite the fact that he was black. The play is about a black general who was targeted by his friend, that tries to ruin his life by convincing Othello that his wife is cheating on him. This play has been around since 1603, and is taught in classrooms all over the world. It has also been translated into over 100 different languages. However, there are some messages in…


Discrimination In American Born Chinese

In Gene Luen Yang’s story, American Born Chinese, he said “I do not make mistakes little monkey. A monkey I intended you to be , a monkey you are. Please accept this and stop your foolishness.” In the graphic novel American Born Chinese, a novel written from multiple perspectives, there are three main characters that are each introduced to situations in which they do not fit in. The first one is the monkey king, who does not fit in with the other kings and gods because he is a monkey and because he looks the…

Katherine Patterson

I’m a eighth grade student in Illinois writing about discrimination in literature.

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