Zeitoun Essay

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Have you even judged someone on who he or she is or what they looked like? And have you ever had a bad experience or traumatic experience happens and you looked for someone or something to blame, but in reality there was nothing to blame? Well, a natural disaster can be blamed on no one, but in times like that emotions run wild and blame can be put on someone who fits a certain profile. Racism and Hurricane Katrina were two forces that clashed together to create an even bigger problem for the victims. This is caused by an insecurity of the situation at hand. In the book Zeitoun by Dave Eggers, racism and racial profiling is the underlying themes in the story. These themes are also the underlying themes of people who are subjected
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For example, Zeitoun had an infected foot and needed medical attention, and when he saw a man in green hospital scrub pants and a stethoscope he asked for help. The man replied, “I not a doctor.”
Zeitoun was a victim of racial profiling. Zeitoun was perceived as a terrorist and treated like he was one. The fact that a hurricane just hit and caused trauma to people made the people of Camp Greyhound want to take their anger out on Zeitoun. America has been through a lot especially the terrorist attacks on September 11th. These Terrible things that happened to America are heavily put on the Muslim culture. Blame is put on the Muslim even if the situation did not involve them because past experiences, and its just someone to point at. According to martin Luther King Jr. from The Letter From Birmingham Jail, Non violent direct action such as always questioning and trying to figure out situations, would caused tension and sooner or later the questions would be answered. Through all of this Zeitoun never raised a finger to any of the people who were treating him in a poor way. He knew that if he just waited patiently and tried to keep getting answers out of the people who were holding him, he would soon be okay and safe.
“People in hurricane-affected areas were exposed to many stressors, including death of loved ones, risk of death, property loss, difficulty obtaining food and clothing, and exposure to