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In essence, Alexie depicts discrimination deprives one's ability to build relationships with others simply because people are petrified about the idea of difference.
"Did you know thats Indians are living proof that n****** f*** buffalo"(pg 64).
Rodger and a few of his friends attempt to make racist jokes about Jr.'s culture to provoke him. This illustrates discrimination throughout the book as Jr. is constantly bullied because he differs from everyone as he is tan and comes from a culture where they are known as poor, lowlife alcoholics with no achievements as opposed to "rich white kids" who get things handed to them in a way.
On the Rez everyone is starting to see Arnold as an "apple", an indian on the outside but a white person on the inside. He is being disrespected, bullied and discriminated against by the indians for his choice to attend an all white school for an improved education as opposed to the lousy school system on the Rez. The Indians feel as if he is betraying them, trying to hide his true Indian identity as if he is ashamed to be an Indian. They are afraid of his choice to change not schools, but his race. They are afraid of his choice to change.
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