December 15, 2012
The information that has best helped me to understand and relate to others in ways that I may not have in the past is the fact that the United States is a huge melting pot that reflects a variety of races, genders, and ethnic backgrounds. There is no single race or ethnicity that makes up the fabric of society. It has helped me realize that no matter what a person’s skin color, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation is everyone deserves to be treated as equals and should be given the same opportunities to live their lives without being stereotyped or discriminated against just because they are different in some way. Every person who lives in the United Stated has a right to good jobs, affordable housing, and decent healthcare and no one should be denied these rights because their shin is a different color or they have different religious or ethnic backgrounds. I have also realized that people have suffered a great deal in the past to obtain these rights and our society has come a long way in the last 200 years and the lives of millions of people have a better lifestyle today because of it. Even though we have come a long way we still have a long way to go but we are definitely headed in the right direction. This class has opened my eyes a little more and helped me realize some of the awful things people have had to endure in the past to give their children a chance at a decent life today.
I have always known that the Native American cultural has been treated unfairly in the past. That they have been massacred by the hundreds of thousands, been forced off of their native hunting grounds and forced onto lands that supported little or no wildlife or plant life they were accustomed to survive on. I did however learn that they are one of the minorities that are being treated unfairly today. They are still being forced off of their lands and the drinking water is being polluted by the mining...
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