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Nature of American Views About Race Beginning Essay

… ¶ … nature of American views about race beginning with early American colonist views about American Indians and culminating with views about blacks and the institution of slavery" without first acknowledging that the question is itself embedded within the culture of race of the United States. Thus, contained within this question is an implicit view of race and of what it means to be American that perhaps began when Columbus first set foot in Hispaniola but continues through the present day.

This question holds the de-facto assumption that to be 'American' means to be of white European descent. This is a position held not only by racist Tea Partiers hurling out the N-word to members of Congress at the healthcare protests, but also by most…. [read more]

Race and Ethnic Inclusion Research Paper

… Since the time of the American Revolution, groups have been struggling to be included (Hyter & Turnock, 2006). One sees this in the way the colonies were first created and how they adjusted to provide options for some people but not all. People were divided by race, ethnicity, social class, gender, and many other categories. Today, most people are less divided in those ways, at least from a societal and/or employment standpoint.

The argument in the book is that the American Revolution was significantly more than just a group of people who decided to break with their roots in England. While that was important, it was more than just a change of scenery. There were huge political, economic, and cultural reasons why the colonists moved…. [read more]

Race and Revolution an Iconoclastic Book Review

… Jamestown was owned by the Virginia Company of London and was established as a for-profit business enterprise. The purpose of the Jamestown settlement was to exploit the resources of the Virginia Colony and the New World for the gain of the Virginia Company's shareholders.

Initially, the colonists hoped to discover a source of gold or other precious metals, as other European empires of the day did in their exploration of the New World. Eventually, the Virginia Company discovered how rich the soil of the southern colonies was for the cultivation of tobacco. The Virginia Company had finally found its source of profits.

Tobacco, however, proved to be a labor-intensive crop that required many hands to cultivate and cure. Southern tobacco farmers eventually began seeking out…. [read more]

Race the Power of an Illusion the Story We Tell Thesis

… Race: The Power of an Illusion

The story we tell"

According to "Part II: The story we tell" of the PBS documentary "Race: The power of an illusion," race is a uniquely powerful cultural construction that has had a seemingly intractable hold upon the American psyche. Race is not about physical appearance, given that a wide variety of traits can be observed within a defined ethnic group. Rather it is about the stories we tell about our so-called racial identities. At the beginning of America's founding, both whites and blacks served in 'bound' capacities: whites served as indentured servants, African-Americans as slaves. However, gradually indentured servitude fell out of fashion. The racialized identity of slaves 'marked' them as separate in a way that was not…. [read more]

Race, Ethnicity, and Utopia Term Paper

… The Klingons, of course, had very Africanized features, with dark skin, dreadlocks, and oddly exaggerated prominent brows and lips. At the same time, the highly intelligent but unemotional Vulcans were shown with slightly Asiatic features. While in later shows Klingons were politically removed from their position as archenemies (and replaced with robot-human hybrids), the stereotypes from these earlier shows remain important.

One final face of racism is probably the most obvious when one considers racism, and that is the open segregation of people based on skin color. While such segregation is less common today than it was sixty years ago, it still influences the way people think about racism. Additionally, the way that class borders intersect with racial categories means that many distinctions based on…. [read more]

Race and Racism Essay

… Despite this overlap, Eriksen is cautious about conflating the two ideas. He believes that "both class differences and ethnic differences can be pervasive features of societies, but they are not one and the same thing and must be distinguished from one another analytically" (Eriksen, 1993, p.7).

Eriksen also challenges the idea of the American melting pot. He suggests that ethnic groups have long adhered to an ethnic identity in addition to identify as Americans and that this ethnic identification can last for multiple generations after the original family members first moved to the United States. Moreover, ethnic group identifications, which were once thought to be more primitive ways of self-identification, seem to be linked to more advanced societies. That does not mean that ethnicity is…. [read more]

American Civil Liberties Union (Friend Research Paper

… By using community involvement, the ACLU is furthering its own goals of protecting individual rights and liberties, will also demonstrating that many individuals are too in support of their goals. This is currently evident by the ACLU's more than 500,000 members. By using community involvement to assemble publically, governments and lawmakers must reconsider any of the actions taken that may have infringed on the rights of others. This occurs mainly from the lawmakers desire to first, be reelected and second, to preserve their image as a politician. With community involvement, many of whom are voters, taking an active stance against certain actions; state politicians will have more incentive to take corrective actions. As such the ACLU affects the community for the long-term.

Secondly, the ACLU…. [read more]

Japanese American Internment During World War II an Ethnographic Survey Term Paper

… Anthropology

Japanese-American Internment during the Second World War:

An Ethnographic Survey

The interning of Japanese-Americans during the Second World War ranks among the most infamous episodes of American history. Cores of thousands of men, women, and children - many of them native born citizens of the United States - were forcibly removed from their homes on the West Coast and held under detention in camps in the interior portions of the country. The reason given for these extraordinary measures was one of wartime necessity, the need to eliminate potentially subversive elements from the general population. Japanese-Americans, being of different race, ethnicity, and cultural background than the vast majority of Americans were viewed as an alien population living in the midst of the nation's cities, towns,…. [read more]

African-American Perception of Police Being Arrested vs. Needing Assistance Research Proposal

… African-American PERCEPTION of POLICE

The proposed study will utilize a number of credible resources to secure information to illuminate concerns and considerations relating to the African-American perception of police. Simultaneously, the proposed study aims to cultivate considerations as how to best combat negative views from both sides of this contemporary, yet seemingly, eternal "issue" that divides races.

African-American PERCEPTION of POLICE

There are those who would keep us slipping back into the darkness of division, into the snake pit of racial hatred, of racial antagonism and of support for symbols of the struggle to keep African-Americans in bondage." - Carol Moseley-Braun (b. 1947), African-American politician. (Columbia, 1996)

The Darkness of Division

Let there be light...," these immortal words, recorded in the book of beginnings in…. [read more]

Italian American Stereotyping Essay

… Italian-American Stereotyping

Despite the unique migratory circumstances that ere the basis of Europeans' arrival on this continent and the instrumental nature foreign natives have had on the founding and growth of this country, the society of the United States of America has maintained an often rather vocal anti-immigrant attitude with some consistency. Though many ethnic and national groups have come under specific attention in this regard from time to time, perhaps no single group of immigrants has been more regularly and consistently stereotyped than Italian-Americans. The negative stereotypes of Italian immigrants, and thus Italian-Americans, began, as such sentiments often (perhaps always) do, with simple miscommunications; the cultural and linguistic barriers and competition for employment forced Italian-Americans into closed ethnic communities, and they began to earn…. [read more]

Race? Racial Formation Literature Review

… Hence, it is way too comprehensive to observe and control how difficult it is to be "colorblind" and treat everyone equally despite their origin and physical attributes.

To wrap up this argument, it can be said that the racial formation theory states that the society is encompassed with racial projects and discrimination. This concept of racial discrimination is purely ideological and is usually instilled in the minds of people automatically. A certain level of "common sense" is involved in each individual where that influences his or her way of comprehending, reacting and interpreting any situation. In circumstances like these, it is not possible to eliminate such a phenomenon unless it is tracked down, explicitly and implicitly in the social construct. Because race can be traced…. [read more]

Race and Poverty Journal Introduction to South Journal

… Race and Poverty Journal

Introduction to South America


One of the first points the document makes relates to the geographical situation of the South American continent, which is said to be far more prominent into the Atlantic Ocean than North America.

A second point is the new era within South America in terms of its multinational relationships. Despite regional disparities and political turmoil that marked its past, the continent as a whole appears to realize the developmental potential that lies in forging multinational ties.

The third point relates to the ancient Andean cultures in South America, which thrived prior to the coming of the Europeans. The document focuses on the magnificence of these cultures and the success they had in developing their social and…. [read more]

American Slavery Term Paper

… American Slavery after the Civil War
From the Point of View of Freed Slaves

The slave experience in the United States was one of economic
necessity to the Southern elite, and that necessity did not change after
the Civil War. Although there were no slaves after emancipation, the
slaves still had little opportunity to have better opportunities in life.
This is reflected in a letter from former South Carolina slaves to Union
General O.O. Howard, in which the former slave committee from South
Carolina petitions to the General that they must retain their own land or
their life will not change and they will remain tied to the land and as the
subordinates to the same ruling elite as they had prior to the Civil…. [read more]

Anti-Racism in American Society Term Paper

… Anti-Racism in America

Racism is clearly one the greatest social conflicts in the United States and has been since prior to its development as a nation. The anti-racism movement has been around nearly as long, attempting to balance and eradicate the strain that racism places on progress and social peace, not to mention individual determinism. The majority of scholars give credit to racism as the standard accepted ideal, with regard to historical thought on nearly every race that has entered the United States or wishes to enter the United States in great number and yet there has also been a movement, since the inception of the America's to stand against racism as a natural part of the development of an egalitarian nation.

Aptheker xiii) the…. [read more]

Overrepresentation of Minorities in Special Education Thesis

… Overrepresentation of Minorities in Special Education

This research explores the fact that many minority groups are overrepresented in populations of students enrolled in special education programs. Unfortunately, racial categories continue to impact how students are place din special education programs, and minorities including African-Americans are often penalized by the current system of categorization and enrollment. The research examines previous research and how a structural theory can be used to explain the racialization within this social phenomenon.

The Overrepresentation of Minorities in Special Education

The field of special education is continuing to develop as new efforts bring forth even more detailed and thorough questions regarding the efficiency of the contemporary system here in the United States and elsewhere. What was once a very unorganized and unexamined…. [read more]

Racism and the Rise of Multiculturalism Term Paper

… Racism and the Rise of Multiculturalism: Progress or Pitfall?

The one absolute certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, or preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities. We have but one flag. We must also learn one language and that language is English.-Theodore Roosevelt

Gribbin 29)

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door. EMMA LAZARUS (the New Colossus: Inscription for the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor)

Potter ii)

Within the foundation of this nation are several concepts that…. [read more]

Racial Segregation Remains Term Paper

… Through the continued reasoning that segregation requires an inherent one over the other mentality and additionally the real financial barriers to black schools would exist indefinitely and continue to provide substandard school facilities if black schools were funded by property taxes paid in black neighborhoods, which is the general way in which schools are funded.

The Brown decision accurately reflected the operating reality of race in America because the simple act of separating the races requires one to assume superiority while the other inferiority and through both subtle and also not so subtle methods the lower cast will be treated as such. The resulting actions are often reflected in substandard personal treatment as well as substandard opportunities and institutions. Separation also continues the accentuation of…. [read more]

Italian Immigration to the US Term Paper

… Italian Immigration Late 19th to Early 20th Century

Italian Immigration to the U.S.

During the latter part of the 19th century and the first part of the 20th century, the United States experienced a mass influx of Italian migration. Between 1880 and 1920, more than 4 million Italians immigrated to the United States. One of the chief reasons Italians left Italy was because of poverty; many Italians hoped to come to America just long enough to make enough money to change their situations; many did not plan on staying permanently; however there were political reasons as well. This paper will explore some of the reasons for the mass migration of Italians to the U.S. And the impact their immigration had on the United States. The…. [read more]

Affirmative Action and Race Relations Research Proposal

… Affirmative Action and Race Relations

Affirmative action, in higher education and elsewhere has been a hotly debated issue, since its inception, among a group of minority faculty and faculty organization from U.S. law schools conceived of the need for forcing social change through guided plans and procedures that would make up for missing opportunities for racial minorities, a year prior to Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. (Sander, 2004, p. 367) Since then there have been many legal challenges to affirmative action, the moniker given to the general guide of the plan, which was tailored significantly by nearly every university and many other institutions independently. The specific and individual affirmative action plans, of many institutions have been challenged, supported, challenged and struck down in several supreme…. [read more]

Theodore Roosevelt Research Proposal

… Theodore Roosevelt: An American for a New Age

Few Americans have so profoundly influenced the modern era as Theodore Roosevelt. Statesman and cultural crusader, the twenty-sixth president of the United States brought issues of race, conservation, and American power to the forefront of public discussion. Roosevelt was both a product of his times and a sign of things to come. Raised in New York City, he developed an affinity for the American West and all that it symbolized. Product of the era of the Civil War, he advanced upon the issues that came out of the conflict and tried to lead the country forward. Roosevelt's views on race and social relations would reflect reformist attitudes. He believed strongly in the idea of projecting American power…. [read more]

Racism and Ethnocentrism in the Media Term Paper

… Stuart Hall's hypothesis explains that Western media is structured on the prejudiced perception when the first colonizers and slave traders occupied the colored people, who were not of their own race. As a consequence, the western media makes the whites more advanced to other race. Stuart Hall proposes that this is a dilemma in society because the influence of media (control) has the knack of neutralizing the 'false fact' that white race is better than the other race (Porteus, 1937).

Even though this is quite difficult, I consider the idea of the white eye is, nevertheless, reasonable. This is due to the fact that people tend to think that when they fit in to a certain group, they believe they are the better in comparison…. [read more]

Native Americans Essay

… The Trail of Tears refers to the path that the Cherokee were forced to take after leaving their land and heading to Oklahoma in the brutal winters of 1838 and 1839 (2010). It is reported that about 5,000 Cherokee Indians lost their lives out the approximately 18,000 that were forced to go on this trip that was over 800 miles long (2010).

Marriage between Cherokee and Europeans were common in the 19th century; however, a well-know figure in Cherokee history is a man named Sequoyah who was of French-Cherokee heritage who came a generation before it intermarriage was common between white and Indian individuals (Waddington 2006). He is the only person who ever came up with a writing system for any indigenous North American language…. [read more]

Historical Community Organizing Period Term Paper

… Oppression

Community Action against Racial and Pedagogical Oppression: The Cases of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Paulo Freire

The 1960s marked an unprecedented development of ideologies and social movements, which aimed to provide alternative perspectives and solution to the increasing problem of civil disorder and restlessness among various sectors of the society, particularly those differing in race, gender, age, and even educational attainment and social class.

Two of the most prominent movements that have been formed and developed during this period are the civil rights movement and the educational reform. The civil rights movement that has become popular and powerful during this period traces its roots from the issue of racial discrimination against black Americans. Educational reform, on the other hand, was spurred from…. [read more]

Takaki Racialization Questions on Race and Culture Thesis

… Takaki Racialization

Questions on Race and Culture in America

For Takaki, the racialization of savagery was a critical part of emergent Anglo-American culture. What does he mean by "racialization," and does it differ from ordinary prejudice? What impact does he assign to that attitude on American society and politics in the colonial era and the early republic? Do you agree with Takaki's assessment?

The United States would be founded on the genocide of a people. As the colonists increasingly came to occupy and proclaim ownership for the 'New World,' they would be emboldened in their cleansing of native inhabitation by a sense of racial superiority. Takaki (2008) describes this phenomenon as racialization, which allowed the colonists to approach the continent's preexisting residents as somehow destined…. [read more]

Social Work DQ Case Study

… In this case, war emanating between the two family heads can only be solved by the two heads. Mr. S will also appreciate that the children strongly contribute to the healing of the family, if the two heads stop fighting each other.

Scenario 4 Mrs. F

The school system is very insensitive to the Latino population

My Kids have begun to disrespect me and berate their own heritage

My Mother is seriously ill in Peru

The Chief Problem in this study is the School System is very insensitive to the Latino Population

Mrs., F, did you ever know fighting racism in this country starts from oneself and spread to those surrounding you. I know you are not comfortable with that. I would like you to…. [read more]

Native American Expressive Culture Term Paper

… Native American Expressive Culture

The Native American tradition can be seen as an evolving cultural tradition that encompasses countless expressions of creativity, from many varied cultures and expressions of culture. Native American cultural expression has been at various times subverted and reformed. During the 19th century and into the 20th century there was a large movement to force assimilation of Native Americans, in white English speaking culture.


Allison, and Vining 193) the circumstances of this change were developed as a series of boarding schools, where children were taken from their homes and subjected to English only learning environments, where they were barred from speaking in their native languages and barred for the most part from participating in Native American cultural expressions.

Spack 120) This…. [read more]

American Dream Term Paper

… ¶ … American Dream

The concept of an American dream has been one of the most forceful concepts of the 19th and 20th centuries. Included within the dream are the revelations of political liberation, ownership of home, the amassing of wealth, and the independence from poverty. This integration of political and economic principles was the enticement which attracted countless of immigrants during the nineteenth century. Weighed by economic ambition, the American Dream has the political principles to its realization also. The American experimentation has progressed with the passage of time as a process by which economic principles are safeguarded and nurtured by a type of Government which shares as well as identifies the economic dream as vital to stability and growth. (Geisst, 9)

During the…. [read more]

American Dream" Deadline: May 3rd Essay

… A great deal of individuals in the middle class has been forced to lose hope in ever attaining the American Dream during recent years. "For those at the bottom, however, the end result may be the loss of hope itself, and the abandonment of belief in any version of the American Dream" (American dream dying: the changing economic lot of the least advantaged xiv).

3. Although just like most persons I like to think that the American Dream is actually possible and that society will, one day, be supportive concerning this concept, the reality is that it is very difficult to attain the dream in the contemporary society. Materialism plays an essential role in the world today as more and more individuals come to be…. [read more]

American Ethnic Culture Research Paper

… The changes affected society at large, families and individuals both positively and negatively

IV. Immigrants 1925 to 198) and 1982 to 2005

There were approximately 24 million immigrants to arrive in the U.S. between 1880 and 1920. These immigrants came mainly from Southern and Eastern European nations including Italy, Croatia, Greece, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungry, and Russia. Due to industrialization the population of Europe and the U.S. is stated to have almost doubled with 60 million individuals leaving Europe during that time and nearly half of them coming to the U.S. Of the 165,248 immigrants from the South of Italy in 1909 135,080 were males and 30,168 were females. Of those arriving from Northern Italy 18884 were males and 6,306 were females. Of those immigrants that…. [read more]

Race and Social Class in the United States Term Paper

… Sociology

Race as it Relates to Class in the United States

Since the country's beginning, race, gender, and class have been very important factors in a person's experience in the United States of America. The meaning of race, gender differences, and the separation of class have changed over United States history. For many Americans, their perceptions of class and race and the degree to which gender affect people's lives, often depends on what their race, gender, and class are, too. There are differences between the reality of America, what is represented as American reality in media, and the perceived reality of America. Americans as well as those looking at America from an outside perspective may have questions and confusions regarding what the real connections are…. [read more]

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