...Race and Ethnicity in the UnitedStates
Dr. Vera Gill
February 24, 2011
What has helped me better understand or relate to other minority groups is to first not always believe what society says about a minority. One should never prejudge one minority or another without doing your own research to understand why they do a certain thing or act a certain way. All minorities are diverse yet they all have the same thing in common they are considered minorities because of where they came from or the color of their skin. Point blank, if you are not white you are a minority and because you are a minority you are not offered the same opportunities as white America.
I have learned quite a few things about my own cultural history but the most important is to make sure I am not ignorant about it. We all have preconceived notions about our own cultural history so it is a very good idea to learn everything you can about your own race. This way if you are ever speaking with a co-worker or a friend of another race and they assume one thing about your race you can correct them accurately and intelligently. As minorities we are all trying to fit in to white society and be treated equally so it could be a good idea to work together in this effort.
Trends in immigration into the UnitedStates will always...
...Race and ethnicity are important concepts and plays a great deal among our society.
Very few of us are aware of the difference between race and ethnicity. Many of us assumed that is the same definition. In Sociology this terms have a very specific and different meaning.
Race: Is your biological features this can include your skin color, eye and hair color, as well as a tendency toward developing certain diseases. Race can’t be changed or disguised. Race does not have customs or globally learned behaviors. In other words race refers to only your genetic history and identifiable physical characteristics that are separate and distinct from other races. For example Hispanics are always generalized as Puerto Rican. Skin color does not necessarily connect to your cultural background.
Ethnicity: Is a concept referring to a shared culture and way of life. This can be reflected in language, religion, material culture such as clothing and food and cultural products such as art and music. Ethnicity is often a major source of social cohesion and social conflict.
Ethnicity is not just a person’s race. For example the term Caucasian means white, but this term doesn’t describe a person’s ethnicity. We can have three white people from different parts of the...
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, the UnitedStates developed a reputation as an overseas empire and a power country. The UnitedStates built this reputation by its involvement of imperialism, which expanded, colonized and competed against other power countries such as Germany, France, Britain and Japan. However, nineteenth and early twentieth century imperialism was not a continuation of past UnitedStates expansionism. It is clear that this development was a continuation of social and cultural aspects, but was a greater intent of departure from the ideas of the past for better economic and political intentions.
Nineteenth and early twentieth century imperialism presented the same social and cultural aspects of previous expansionism. Josiah Strong advocated the supremacy of the UnitedStates to civilize inhabitants from foreign affairs as its responsibility in his book Our Country: Its Possible Future and Its Present Crisis (Doc. B). He explains that god has destined the new Anglo-Saxon race, being the U.S. to spread American liberty and Christianity throughout acquired continents. In the 1840’s, the Manifest Destiny supported the idea of westward expansion, it brought belief that God gave a destiny to America to expand its borders and spread the ideal...
...The Sociology of Slavery, Race, and Ethnicity
According to Essentials of Sociology a Down-to-Earth Approach written by James M. Henslin, Race is defined as a group of people with inherited physical characteristics that distinguish it from another group. The concept of race is both a reality and a myth. The reality of race is that we as humans are born with a variety of shapes and colors (Henslin, 214). Depending on our genetic makeup, we are viewed upon as white, black, red, yellow, or brown (Henslin, 214). Other distinguishing characteristics include the color of our eyes, fullness of our lips, and texture of our hair. The assortment of these characteristics in the concept of race is obviously reality. In contrast, the concept of race is also considered to be a myth. People seem to believe that there are genuine races. For example, many believe that a race could be composed of only blacks and whites or African Americans and Caucasians. When in reality, these classified racial groups differ from one another only once in a thousand subunits of the genome, making us surprisingly homogenous (Henslin, 214).
Race, because of the above differences in reality and myth, is seen as a very sensitive matter. It can also be confused with ethnicity. Race, as mentioned above refers to supposed biological...
...The UnitedStates in the nineteenth century evolved from settling on the Atlantic coast in the seventeenth century all the way to the Pacific Coast. Some civilians from the late 1830s and 1840s believed slavery to be the primary cause of western expansion. While this may be true, it was not the primary reason. There were many reasons for the expansion that were equally as important and impactful as slavery. The annexation of newstates would allow the UnitedStates to grow economically and industrially. With John O’ Sullivan’s and the government’s view of “Manifest Destiny”, it was an American’s obligation to expand because of their national pride and superiority over Mexicans, African Americans, and Native Americans.
The opponents of the addition of Texas and the Mexican War attacked slavery as being the primary and root cause of the expansion. It was not a primary reason, but was definitely a participating factor. Starting around 1829, Southern and Western states were urged and understood to be for the purpose of slave labor. The Reverend William Ellery Channing in 1837 said a letter to Henry Clay that the annexation of Texas would revive slavery in the South and add it to new parts of the country of the country where African American slavery never existed (Doc B). Texas was annexed on December 1845, followed by the Oregon Territory on June...
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Assimilating vs. Recognizing Ethnic Diversity
As children grow up, they become the person they turn out to be because of experiences and the culture and society they grew up in. Nations are affected in the same sense because the people living in a nation affect how the nation is influenced and builds its character.
Discrimination has been around for too long and needs to be dealt with. This act is not right, God is the only one who should be judging anyone. A different skin tone or race should mean nothing, everyone should be treated equal. African Americans still to this day, receive employment discrimination. More companies prefer to hire White Americans then Black Americans. There are laws against this, but these laws are not being followed. Ive been brought up in a family that isn’t effected by any term used against us because of the color of our skin. My mother and father taught me that the African-American culture needs to stay focused on our goal of proving everyone wrong. They taught me to fight for what is right, and to not let anyone distract me from what I am trying to become. But not everything goes right all the time. What happens when something goes wrong, when the rest of the world reaches out and touches the Americans on something other than America's terms? When one is convinced that things can, will and should continually improve, the shock...
Have you ever thought about how much society has changed over the years for all these different people? The diversity of Americans have had a enormous amount of change over the years, from voting rights to African-American and woman's position in society
African-American's place in society has changed grandually over the years. Starting on January 1, 1863 when Abraham Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamtion which states, "I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within these said designated states and are parts of states are and henceforward shall be free..." (172). During the 1870's racial segregation laws passed to separate blacks and whites in public and private areas. These laws soon came to be known as Jim Crow Laws. These laws applied to schools, hospitals, parks, and transportation systems in the South. Despite these restrictive laws, African-Americans were able to reach higher levels of education, for example, blacks founded Howard, Altana, and Fisks Universities between the years 1865 and 1868. The very first African-American, in 1895, to get a dotorate from Havard was W.E.B Du Bios. He founded the Niagara Movement, which stated, on page 285, that African-Americans should be well educated in liberal arts in result of well-educated leaders. In 1896, the Jim Crow law case reached the US Supreme Court. "Plessy v. Ferguson," on page 287 states that...
...impact in allowing viewer-entertainer connections to happen because the viewer was not only hearing the entertainer, they were seeing—first-hand—their emotions. Television opened up the rest of the human emotional spectrum and involved it in decision making.
During the Mid 1950’s there was an epidemic that was sweeping across America, or at least that was how a Wisconsin Senator, Joseph McCarthy, portrayed it. In what would become the second Red Scare in American history, McCarthy started a mad witch-hunt all over the country. He did so by revealing in a speech that he had a list of names of known and suspected communists who were employed by the State Department. McCarthy went on to say that as members of the Communist party these government employees would be sympathizers for the Soviet Union and, therefore, would shape UnitedStates policies to aid the Soviets. McCarthy and his followers went on to question, black list, and sometimes even physically attack those who they suspected to be communists.
During this time, the television program called See It Now hosted by Edward Murrow ran a special on McCarthy and the Red Scare. See It Now, usually ran stories that were deemed to be controversial and when Murrow reported on McCarthyism it was obvious that he was not happy with McCarthy and the ways he would attack citizens and their rights. Edward Murrow was a well-respected journalist and when he outwardly criticized Joe...