Racism: Society’s view about ethnic

Literature helps us understand the past and creates a clearer picture of the world around us.   Through literature, we explore the human condition and analyze how and why people think the way they think, act the way the way they act and feel the way they feel. Literature enables us to develop our minds analytically and promotes open minds.   We see the world through the eyes of different writers from different cultures and in turn learn the ways to deal with things happening around us.   The insights that can be gained from reading Alice Walker’s “The Welcome Table” and Nadine Gordimer’s “Country Lovers” are how skin color played an important factor in one lives and how far society came from with racism.
Racism is a powerful word.   It was an issue way back in the day and nowadays; it’s still an issue to a certain extent.   Racism is when someone thinks people who don’t have their skin color or religious beliefs appear to be considered lower than them.   This action is usually done by name-calling or violence.
                                                                                                                                                  Just like many issues in life, racism has been an ongoing issue ever since a long time ago. “The Welcome Table” however, presents a great example for this issue.   In the story, the author expressed how white people treated a black elderly woman in a church.   The woman in this story, The Welcome Table, was certainly different.   She was not like any of the others in the church.   She was treated differently than everybody attending the church.   The author painted a clear image of the way they were talking about her and treated her, for example,
“Some of those who saw her there on the church steps spoke words about her that were hardly fit to be heard, others held their pious peace; and some felt vague stirrings of pity, small and persistent and hazy, as if she were an old collie...