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Maya Angelou's "Graduation in Stamps"
A look at Maya Angelou's "Graduation in Stamps" and how she overcame negative stereotypes.
# 124444 | 1,000 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2008 | US

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This essay discusses how stereotypes can negatively impact the potential for success of those against whom they are perpetrated. Using Maya Angelou's "Graduation in Stamps," the essay shows how stereotypes initially had a negative impact on the African-American author and how she was able to endure in spite of them through reaffirming her pride in her heritage.

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"The experience of the young Maya Angelou, known then as Marguerite Johnson, at her high school graduation in Stamps, demonstrates how readily people stereotype different ethnic groups or cultures. Stereotyping often leads to discrimination and racism, though discrimination in and of itself is not a dirty word. If we could not discriminate as human beings, we would not be able to make our way across the room daily. However, negative forms of discrimination often arise from stereotypes, thus pigeonholing entire groups of people. At Angelou's graduation..."

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