Phuong Dung Ngo
Reflection Paper 1
Question 4: Race has always played a major role in the settlement of the Americas and the establishment of our differing cultures and institutions. What insights have you gotten from your readings and discussions in class about the differing Spanish and English attitudes toward non-European races and to slavery? How do you think North American attitudes today about Latino immigration have been shaped by our heritage of racism and slavery? For a very long time ago, the word “race” has always be a hot topic that was discussed in social. In this essay, I want to discuss about what I have learned about the race in Americans, how different between Spanish and English attitudes toward non-European races and to slavery. Furthermore, I also want to share my thinking about how Latino immigration affects the American attitudes through our heritage of racism and slavery. Firstly, I want to say a little bit about the word “race.” In my own definition, race is someone who is different from the other by his or her skin, look, culture, and traditions. When Arab, Muslims, and Indian became immigrate to the US, it affects the culture and mixing raced. “The long period of Arab domination left an indelible legacy of racial and cultural mixing that the Spanish immigrants carried to the New World.” (Juan Gonzalez, p.18) Although the race was mixed, it does not mean racial equality. Black and white people were separated into two parts. Black and white cannot marry each other. “The Crown’s administrative body for colonies banned all marriages between whites and free blacks or mulatos.” (Juan Gonzalez, p19) Moreover, African slaves were used in order to make more money for Europeans. “ African slaves harvested the new gold, sugar, as well as tobacco, cocoa, and indigo.” (Juan Gonzalez, p.23). In my opinion, white people think they have the power to control the people who are not like them. Some black people became slaves, no...
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