Cultural Diversity: Ethic Group And Discrimination

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Assignment: Ethic Group and Discrimination Laprisha Paddio ETH/125-Cultural Diversity July 4, 2010 Rebecca Mayernik Assignment: Ethic Group and Discrimination As a proud descendant of the African American ethnic group, there has been a long history of racism and discrimination dating as far back as the eighteenth century in North America, thus, the oppression of African American people has found ways to fight for equal rights and opportunities. African Americans were forced to migrate from Africa to the thirteenth colonies through the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. In all some eleven to twelve million Africans were forcibly carried to the Americas. Of those, roughly one-half million were taken to mainland North America or what became the…show more content…
Even after the slaves were granted citizenship during the Civil War, segregation was still very active in the South. This act involved separate bathrooms, restaurants, school systems, separate buses, trains, usage of different water fountains, hospitals and nursing homes, even where they were buried. Although there was segregation present in the South there were still many slaves and workers who worked for White Americans inside their homes tending to their children, cooking, laundry, cleaning, and even caring for those who were…show more content…
Moreover, African American society resulted in suing local governments for environmental justice because of poor living conditions, inadequate infrastructure, and city officials that were unresponsive. African American culture and mainstream culture, to which I identify with both, equally, have various ways in which they are alike such as in music and fashion. In many cases, to benefit from financially in the categories like fashion and music, many African Americans believe that White Americans have appropriated the African American culture. Mainstream culture stereotype African Americans such as performers, comedians, artist and musicians, and successful entrepreneurs but still use elements from the African American culture. African Americans have always had an impact on American culture. As prominent business persons, entrepreneurs, and entertainment icons the African American culture has influenced America and dominated many. From the beginning of the Cold War era and ending World War II the Civil Rights for African Americans started, beginning with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Many leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, Rosa Parks, Booker T. Washington, Philip Randolph, and even Harriet Tubman helped the movement of the Civil Rights
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