Discrimination: Race and United States

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Nicholas Blount
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April 26, 2013
English 100
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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 of negative developments or foreign interaction is possible and I know one day we will make a change.

The author Schlesinger is optimistic; he believes that "historic forces" and life itself will correct this situation. New generations of immigrants belonging to different cultures, races, religions, and ethnicities, which were born here, consider themselves as Americans. There is a strong tendency of intermarriages and blending among people of different backgrounds. Also, in opposition to Reed, Schlesinger views Europe as "the unique source of the liberating ideas of democracy, civil liberties and human rights. He disagrees with people who represent Europe as a source of all evil in this world. He points out that those people forget that those cultures they belong to are not perfect, as well. Cultures consist of people who have many flaws and deficiencies and commit many crimes. However, it does not mean that those cultures are bad. People have to analyze and correct their mistakes in order to not repeat them in the future. As we see, Reed and Schlesinger share the same vision of American culture as multicultural society where all cultures are mixed up, and they both voice concern about the future of this country. “In a world savagely rent by ethnic and racial antagonisms, the U.S. must continue as an example of how a highly differentiated society holds itself together.” (145 I agree with that just because a culture is different it doesn’t make them bad people. "We have always been a multiethnic country" there are all shapes, sizes, colors and different ethnicities in the world and everyone should be treated the exact same way. He disagrees with people who represent Europe as a source of all evil in this world. He points out that those people forget that those cultures they belong to are not perfect, as well. Cultures consist of people who have many flaws and deficiencies and commit many crimes. However, it does not mean that those cultures are bad. People have to analyze and correct their mistakes in order to not repeat them in the future.

I find it quite upsetting how a country like the United States can harbor such discrimination towards immigrants, the people who built up the country in the beginning. Almost every individual living in the United States of America, except descendants of Native Americans, have a lineage which traces back to immigrants. It is a sad thought to think that the United States, a country dearly loved by its residents, is filled with prejudice...
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