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Ethnocentrism can be defined as “regarding one’s own race or culture as supreme to others.” Unfortunately, minority groups living in the United States are under the impression they must conform to the American ways in order to succeed. As a result the ramifications of ethnocentrism in the United States have caused minorities to change in order to “fit in” with society.
In Langston Hughes poem “Theme For English B,” Hughes recalls a time when a professor assigned a page that was to “come out of you- / Then it will be true.” Hughes, “twenty-two, colored and born in Winston-Salem” was uncomfortable with the assignment at first, being the only black student in the class. He writes about all the things he likes “eat, sleep, drink, and to be in love” and how being colored doesn’t “make him not like the same things other folks like.” However, he asks the question “So will my page be colored that I write.” Hughes is concerned that the white professor will not be a...
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