Historical Report on Race Essay

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Historical Report on Race
Search the Internet for groups and organizations promoting racial equality to help you complete this assignment. Using the information from the text and your web search: Identify one racial group from the list below: • African American
• Asian American
• Middle Eastern American
• Hispanic American/Latino
• Native American Write a 750- to 1,050-word paper from one of the perspectives below: • A historian writing about the racial group in a book chapter
• A news reporter writing a newspaper article or blog entry about the racial group
• An individual member of the racial group, writing a personal letter to a friend who is
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Others may feel that America will never accept people of color as equals and thus, may prefer to live their lives within ethnic boundaries. Nevertheless, these various definitions are not static. American society is and has been experiencing numerous changes that deal with the issues of the Asian American minority. Anti-Asian laws came in three forms: (1) federal naturalization laws that imposed a racial barrier on Asian immigrants seeking United States citizenship; (2) federal immigration laws limiting migration from Asian and Pacific Island countries; (3) state and local laws discriminating against Asians, often based on their ineligibility for citizenship (Ancheta 22). Asian Americans have been disenfranchised by discriminatory laws that denied citizenship to Asian immigrants and rendered them ineligible to vote. It was not until 1943 that Chinese Americans were first permitted to become citizens; for Asian Indians, it was 1946. For Japanese Americans and other Asian Americans, that right did not come until 1952. The legacy of these discriminatory policies and the notion of Asian Americans as foreigners is still strongly felt today, impeding the Asian American political participation.

• What legislation meant to alleviate prejudicial boundaries has been enacted? How did the various groups you researched promote this legislation? The
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