Value and Respect in American History

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Michael Doneallan
Professor Gasperini
October 10 2013
Value and Respect in American History
In “Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America” Benjamin Franklin talks about the differences between The English and Native Americans. An interesting point in the essay was how both cultures ultimately have different views on value and respect. The Native Americans were willing to help a stranger they have never met before, whereas the white people were more concerned about how much money the stranger had before they even considered to help them. Another difference between the two were the Native Americans would not talk when other people were speaking, and they would not answer a proposal on the same day. The white people took that as offensive and thought they were being rude, but the Native Americans considered it respectful because they took the time to think about it instead of giving a quick answer. In addition, Native Americans allowed everyone to talk in court, while the English spoke over each other and would not accept being wrong. Many of these habits are still evident in today's world. Unfortunately, value and respect is not an ideal presented in our history. After the horrific tragedy on September 11th many Muslims struggle to live a normal life. It is common for Americans to stereotype a group of people based on how they look and what their beliefs are. Many Muslims struggle with stereotypes every day. Because of the terrible attacks on the twin towers, many American people lack respect Donellan 2

and fear all Muslims even though the people that attacked the towers are considered Muslim extremists. There are some Muslim terrorists, but it's foolish and unfair to assume all or even most Muslims are terrorists. “There are 1.4 billion Muslims in the world (22% of the population), and the number is rapidly growing. Islam is projected to overtake Christianity as the majority religion on earth later in this century (Keinon).” As...