Ethnic Groups and Discrimination
I am a true American; most people would call me Heinz 57, belonging to ethnic groups. My family structure is one composed of many groups, but I have two that stand out the most, Norwegian and Dutch; the rest of me a mixture of English, Irish, Scottish, and probably a few others European groups as well. My grandfather was Norwegian born and immigrated to the United Sates in the 1920’s, while my great-grandmother was born in the United States but 100% Dutch. I want to discuss the Norwegian’s plight to America with you, as it is the culture that I have studied most, and have personal family acquaintances. Modern technology and the Internet are a great resource, I have spoken with family that I did not know existed because of the social site Facebook. The history of Norwegian Americans is quite interesting and educational; most Americans do not know that Norwegians are known for belonging to the first Europeans to discover North America. Almost five centuries before Columbus discovered America, a Norwegian/Icelander Leiv Eiriksson landed in North America by way of Norse settlements in Greenland. It is believed that the Norwegians from Greenland established the community of Vinland in the area now known as Nova Scotia. It is unknown how far south these settlers explored in North America which has caused a topic of major discussion over the past hundred years among nationalists and historians. Some evidence shows that Norwegians had formed many settlements much farther into the North American mainland than was believed before. The Norwegian immigration to America after the era of Columbus began in 1825, when a small group of Norwegians sailed from Stavanger, Norway headed for America on the sloop Restauration, which is frequently called the “Norwegian Mayflower.” The emigrants were Lutherans and Quakers fleeing Norway to avoid religious persecution, but it is also believed that some were...
EthnicGroups and Discrimination Assignment
Italian Migration to America
By: ReAnna R. Borghi
ETHICS 125 CULYURAL DIVERSITY
In 1929 my great grandmother and grandfathered made the journey on boat from Florence Italy, to New York City. Great Grandma Borghi was 8 months pregnant with my grandfather, and my great uncle gene was eighteen months old. They were a part of the mass migration from Italy to America but far from the firsts to make the leap (Dr. Robert Borghi-spoke with my grandfather). Italian Americans are the fourth largest European ethnicgroup in the United States, though it was not always this way. The mass immigration from Italy to the United States happened within the century of 1876 to 1976. It was the largest single recipient of Italian immigrants in the world. In which the majority of Italian immigrants settled in specific areas together, this way they could interact with their own people and stay away from other ethnicgroups, these areas were specified as “little Italy’s” (Italian American- Wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_america 2009) During this time, Italians were not the only group migrating to the United States. In fact hundreds of thousands of immigrants from nations all over the world were migrating into the United States as well. Migrating from Italy to America was not the most intense...
...EthnicGroups and Discrimination
January 15, 2012
EthnicGroups and Discrimination
The Chinese immigrated to the United States in during the 1800s; Official records show that before 1857, 46 Chinese immigrants were in the United States. Over the next 30 years more that 200,000 Chinese had immigrated to the United States. This immigration wave was largely because of the push of the awful conditions in China and the pull of the discovery of gold, and, job opportunities in the west (Immigration and the United States, Schafer, 2006).
During the 1860s railroad work was abundant. The two lines, Central Union and Pacific Union, were the largest employer of the Chinese and the Irish. Working the Central Union was dangerous work through rough terrain. The work was dominated by the Chinese. Despite being 90% of the laborers the Chinese were paid less that the Irish who were 10% of the laborers. This dual labor market continues until the completion of the railroads. Regardless of being the majority of the laborers, the Chinese were excluded from the Golden Spike ceremony in Promontory, Utah.
After the completion of the completion of the railroad, the Chinese immigrants continued to accept work that others would not do. This caused an industrial dependence on cheap labor to fuel the American economy. The Chinese were welcome as the economy needed them....
...EthnicGroups and Discrimination
I belong to the White ethnicgroup which was responsible for the colonization of North America. While I am part of the White ethnicgroup, my family immigrated to the United States from Germany quite some time after the major colonization of North America. When most people think about the colonization of North America they think of White people on the Mayflower landing on Plymouth Rock. While the pilgrims did colonize what is now referred to as New England, the Spanish were actually the first to colonize North America.
No matter who first colonized North America, this colonization caused an influx of immigrants that asserted their dominance over the native people. This colonization was also the root cause of slavery being introduced to this "New World".
Pilgrims are most notably identified as coming to North America to escape religious persecution. The ironic part of the colonization is that the pilgrims forced their religion on those native to North America. It is important to note that this may be one of the first indications of future ethnic and racial problems that would caused by the colonization of North America.
I don't think people normally think about racism happening to Caucasians. Unfortunately it is very common for racism to happen to all ethnicgroups in the U.S. Caucasian...
...ETHNICGROUPS AND DISCRIMINATION
The group that I choose was African American. They faced prejudice, segregation and
Racism. It was hard for African Americans to do just about anything. They did not have
Many opinions when it came down to their decisions. Dual labor market and redlining in
The early stages of African Americans emancipation not many African Americans had
Education or access to equality higher education. Even when they were forced into lower
Labor markets if they had the proper education they would start in lower positions than
Their white counterparts. It affected African Americans for a long time in American
History. Eve today early stages if dual labor market practices African Americans were
Not given any meaningful jobs with structure or benefits. Today, even though there has
Been somewhat significant increase in African American economical health, they still
Have a long way to go and more roads blocks than their white counterparts.
Environmental People of color who needed to address the inequity of started Justice
Issues Environmental services in their communities. This struggle impose danger to the
Lives of Their families, their communities and themselves. In 1964, Civil Right Act
Struck down The South’s segregation laws, outlawed employment discrimination and
Forbid Discrimination in Federal...
...Discrimination and EthnicGroups: Polish-Americans
Understanding Polish Immigration
Poland’s unique past is littered with oppression, servitude, and foreign rule over and over again. The land was fought over by many countries during the 1800’s and subsequently was annexed and divided. The primary conquerors included Russia, Austria, Prussia, and later Germany. (Buffalo Department of Education,). There were many smaller country’s nationals who descended upon Poland and mixed with the nationals, seizing land and jobs. This included The Ukraine, Lithuania, Belorussia, Latvia, not to mention Jews, Tartars, and small groups of gypsies. At the end of the 18th century Poland basically no longer existed as the rival surrounding countries split this land and claimed it as a part of their domain. Finally in 1918 Poland achieved independence and re-emerged as a country under Communist rule (Jones, n.d.). These events led the Eastern Europeans to view the Poles as low-class, bohemian, even non-whites, who were beneath them in education, social status, and economics. It is understandable that this sentiment stigmatized the immigrating Poles as they arrived on America’s shores, seeking political democracy, good jobs, and a piece a land. Expecting a better life they often faced prejudice and problems in America.
According to (),“Many of their neighbors viewed Poles as rowdy, disorganized, ignorant, filthy,...
...EthnicGroups and Discrimination
The ethnicgroup that I choose was Native Americans. I am of Caucasian descendant with Native American from my dad’s side. I really want to learn more about my heritage and family background.
The Native Americans didn’t participate in discrimination; they were affected by people discriminating against them. The immigration of Indian American has taken place in several waves since the first Indian American came to the United States in the 1700’s. Indians are among the largest ethnicgroups legally immigrating to the United States. When white people first landed on the east coast, they pushed the Native Americans back with peace treaties, trade agreements and if that failed, violence. The Indian Removal Act of 1830 was a mass relocation of Indians to west of the Mississippi. This movement was The Trail of Tears, which left half of the Cherokee Indians dead. The Native Americans often captured and tortured white settlers in unprovoked attacks as a form of entertainment. After several generations of patience and forgiveness by the settlers, this hostility, brutality, and betrayal on the part of the Native Americans was seen by the Europeans as a sign that Native Americans were savages. These beliefs by the Europeans would set the trend for prejudice, racism, and segregation towards all Native Americans for...
...life in the United States were thwarted by prejudice, racism, segregation and many other forms of discrimination.
Prejudice, Racism and Segregation
Amidst the immigration of the Irish to America, this group of people was far from welcomed with open arms into the land of opportunity. The moment they stepped off the ships from Ireland, they were segregated into the most impoverished areas to seek shelter in slums and attempted to fit their entire families into rooms no bigger than today's average bedroom. As a group, the Irish were shunned and turned away from many job opportunities being confronted by signs which stated "Irish need not apply". Their many attempts to show their allegiance by working hard and taking on jobs many did not want, went unnoticed by Americans who saw these attempts as a way to make American that came before them look bad. This resulted in much taunting and even resulted in physical altercations. Despite having white skin and being English speaking, the Irish were looked at as an inferior race. Samuel Morse wrote, "the Irish were shamefully illiterate and without opinion of their own." Americans viewed the Irish as worse than Blacks due to the outward manner in which Irishmen proclaimed their mistreatment where Blacks "knew their place." (Axia College, week three reading, aXcess, ETH125-Cultural Diversity Course Website, 2006).
The Irish were against the freeing of...
...happened then they would have to pay the cost to balance things back out. “The creation of imbalance was tied to the Cherokee religion. It was believed that the murdered “soul” or ghost would be forced to wander the earth, unable to go to the next world. This created the imbalance. The acceptance of responsibility and the death of the killer or one of his clansmen restored balance by freeing the innocent ghost, allowing him to go to the next world. That is why it did not matter who paid the cost for the depict of the wrongful killing. Any death from the responsible clan would suffice to free the innocent man’s ghost from this world. An enemy scalp might suffice as well.” (Ken Martin, 1997)
I culturally identify more with the American group than I do with the Cherokee Indian....