In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell asserts, “It is only by asking where they are from that we can unravel the logic behind who succeeds and who doesn’t” (10).
Gladwell further argues, “The culture we belong to and the legacies passed down by our forebears shape the pattern of our achievement” (19).
Does success in the U.S. depend on one’s culture and/or place of origin?
In the excerpt from ‘The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano,” he described his experience firsthand as a slave on the slave trade. He was sent down to the decks with the other slaves and he did not have the appetite to eat due to the stench from the blood, mucus, and heat. The Europeans offered Equiano food to eat, but he declined and so they flogged, or beat him with a whip or stick severely. He was treated so badly that he wished for death to relieve him of his pain and suffering. One day, the Europeans caught more fish than they could eat. The slaves thought they were going to be given the extra fish they caught, but they tossed the fish into the sea again. Olaudah Equiano also witnessed a white man brutally beating another white man with a large rope that he died because of it. That made Equiano fear the Europeans even more because they are capable of doing such cruel things to their own people, they could do far much worse to the slaves. Life as a slave on a slave ship was so bad that many slaves have tried to kill themselves or escape by jumping off the ship and into the ocean. The ones that attempted to do so were “most severely cut, for attempting to do so, and hourly whipped for not eating,” as stated in Equiano’s excerpt. When the slave ship arrived on the island of Barbados, they were examined and sold by the buyers with the inevitability of not seeing one another once again. Olaudah Equiano’s excerpt included a question for the Europeans that conducted the slave trade, “Learned you this from your God, who says unto you, Do unto all men as you would men should do unto you?” In the last paragraph of his excerpt, he is obviously angry that this slave tra>GET ANSWER