Asians, African Americans, And Stereotypes In The Twentieth Century

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W.E.B Du Bois, a civil rights activist, once said: “the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line: the relation of the darker to the lighter races of men in Asia and Africa, in America and the islands of the sea.” And, while he was proven right for the twentieth century, it seems as though it still stands true today in the land of equality. It seems awe-ing that in a country with many minorities, there is still prejudice amongst the dominant Caucasians and the rest of the sixteen percent, thirteen percent, and less than two percent. From what color of skin tone to what type of hair, biological barriers are presented for the minority to face. In this essay, I want to talk about Asians, Africans Americans, and Caucasians and what each race faces in the twenty-first century.
Identifying as an Indian American myself, I find it difficult to believe that with forty-eight different countries in Asia, when asked my ethnicity or race in America I have to mark “Asian.” Like the textbook asks, what do people from India have in common with people from Guam? We are clustered into one category as if the only races that exist in America are Caucasian, African American, Hispanic, and Asian. Now, being an Asian in America means I am stereotyped as being intelligent, wealthy, and family oriented. Or, I’m seen as a terrorist, money hungry, or job stealer. Even in the twenty-first century, this is a problem. This is a problem because there is no gray area for us to fit
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