Eth 125 Prejudice in America Essay

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Week Three Assignment Tony W. Morgan ETH/125 July 17, 2011 Rhonda Alsobrook Discrimination and the Indigenous Tribes of America For many generations racism, prejudice, and segregation toward the indigenous people of the Western Hemisphere has existed. The native people of this part of the world have endured injustice and poverty for centuries. Each of the 39 countries that form the Western Hemisphere has a history of ill treatment toward Native Americans. According to Schaefer (2006) conditions in America compelled Native Americans to subsist in the midst of environmental injustice, discriminatory labor markets, and institutional discrimination. Although there exists very little evidence about the earlier lives of the Native American tribes archaeologists have relied on ruins, artifacts, and traditions of Native Americans to characterize the tribal way of life along with tribal movements over the last 2,000 years. Many archaeologists believe that Natives Americans came across a land bridge between North America and the northeastern part of Russia and settled in the Western Hemisphere. Researchers have found that Native Americans possess DNA traits similar to that of Asians, and this leads the researchers to believe that groups of Asians populated the Americas first (Swanton, 1952). In the 14th century Spaniards began exploring for riches in the Americas. As history shows the Spanish arrived with the Italian Christopher Columbus in the latter part of the 13th century, and the first contact with the indigenous tribes of the Caribbean Islands occurred. Soon afterwards the Spanish arrived on the mainlands of the Western Hemisphere. In the ensuing years more Europeans began arriving and laying claim to North, Central, and South America. In the beginning, natives made up the majority of the groups in the Western Hemisphere,

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