Many of the reasons that the original colonies chose to break from the British and the reason other Europeans came to this country was to live freely, worship freely and create a less repressive society. However, there was and still is a desire by some to keep white as white as possible and keep classes separate. It was, and still is to some degree, as if there was a true concern that some other nationality or race would take over or at the very least outnumber the more Caucasian part of society. The fact of the matter is that many of stature wanted others to come here, by force, if necessary, to work. After slavery was abolished, it would be alright at times to allow others to come in as needed to fill the labor positions for far less money than most American citizens would work if they even considered the
White Privilege in today’s society White Privilege in today’s society is defined as an unearned social asset and advantage over other ethnicities and races. White Privilege is viewed as such an unspoken and ignored topic, but yet it is apparently felt by those that are not of Caucasian ethnicity. It exists in everyday life, as well as in the everyday well being of those that suffer from it in housing, discrimination, and employment. The question that comes to many people’s minds more often than not is the question of, “Does White Privilege still exist?”. In the following paragraphs below, I will try my best to give examples of where White Privilege may be found in everyday life, but may go unnoticed even by those that are victims of it.
Hyphenated America ENG122 Instructor Hyphenated America America is diverse with many different cultural backgrounds and people from many different places; it is what makes the United States so interesting. If your descendants come from different parts of the world being born in the United States does not make you just an “American”, you will be categorized as a hyphenated-American. To many cultures, showing where they come from is a symbol of pride and identity; to others that consider themselves as Americans because they have no knowledge or regards for their heritage, this can be a hassle and even offensive. While some are proud to show their roots and heritage, all American citizens should be known as Americans and nothing more, because being a ‘Hyphenated-American’ makes you subject to stereotyping, it can create animosity between different cultural groups, and some might use it as a discriminator. It can be difficult to eliminate the entire hyphenation off America, but it is something that could be slowly introduced.
Gender and Race Privileges Each Person is born to a specific race, culture, and background, with it come certain expectations, stereotypes, and characteristics. But what many don’t know is that some Ethnicity and genders are born or believe to have certain Privileges. A privilege is a certain factors or aspects of life that someone is born with. There are many Privileges out there and many believe that they are a vital necessity for society to function properly. But in reality Privileges makes a gender or ethnicity superior and dominate among other.
Diversity in America In David Brooks’ People Like Us, Brooks states that Americans really do not care about diversity even though they talk about it. He claims that “it is human nature for people to group together.” People will tend to group together by race or social distinction. Brooks claims that we are responsible for segregating ourselves and that by doing so we are choosing to separte ourselves from those that are different from us. We might be a diverse nation as a whole, but block by block we are relatively a homogeneous nation. Brooks argues that we are a “congealing pot” that tend to gravitate to like-minded, like-cultured people.
Eng 101 W. O’Connell Essay #1 In his essay “People Like Us “, David Brooks’ analysis various types of segregation in America and how people like to think that we live in divers country, when in reality human nature likes to segment themselves whether by race, religion, culture, class or politics. He raises the problem of cultural affinity. For example, author says ” Instead, what I have seen all around the country is people making strenuous efforts to group themselves with people who are basically like themselves ”(331). He explains how majority of us like to flock in circles with like-minded people, the area within which we share common ideas. It is clear from the first sentences that D. Books has a strong opinion about social distinction.
Therefore, many people try to avoid talking about such controversial subjects. When living in a country comprised of a variety of races, one might think that acceptance and the freedom to live free of discrimination, especially by law enforcement officials, should be automatically granted, for a society of different individuals allows the realization that a specific race is not the only one inhabiting this world and that other races are here for the same reason. And yet this is not the case with the majority of the population today. Even though black people tend to be less educated and are lower income, the judicial system is racial profiling because white people commit the same amount of crimes as blacks but more blacks are in prison than whites. In 2010, the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that “in the United States an estimated 558,700 African American adults were incarcerated under the state and federal jurisdiction.
There are various definitions of what it means to be an American because the people in this country are so diverse. Often these definitions are stereotypes that call all Americans lazy, obnoxious, rude, etc. While many can be defined by this statement, it cannot be applied to the majority. That’s the thing about Americans; there is no single unifying factor. We all have versatile culture backgrounds, personalities, and traditions.
Native American and Asian American Experience in America America is unique among nations because it is made up of people who immigrated here from around the world to search a new and better life. As a result, its population includes people of many races and ethnic groups. People who belong to a specific race are distinguished by genetically transmitted physical characteristics, such as skin color or eye shape. People of a certain ethnicity are classified together on the basis of common history, geography, nationality, culture, religion, and language. America’s interracial and intercultural composition, prejudice, and tension between different groups has been inevitable, especially since whites (Anglos) emigrating from England felt they were innately superior and dominant over people from other nations and people of color.
In my opinion, everyone has the choice to steal, it shouldn’t be based on what color skin they have. There are just as many white people that steal than black people. Looking back on that certain situation, I now see that whites have certain privileges that blacks don’t. Our skin being white gives us the upper hand in most situations because whites seem to have a certain “power” in society today. Therefore, we were born into the privilege of being a white person and not being judged or looked down on