Not Practicing What We Preach

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Not Practicing What We Preach
We live in a country that many enjoy hailing as a place where one can enjoy unparalleled freedom and equality. A place where our government is supposed to be free of all corruptions and truly representative of the people. One that many wish to come to, even to this day, in hopes of improving their lives and getting a slice of the American dream. Where we almost worship our founding documents, believing that the words they contain are inarguable truths that should be used to make further decisions. Considering how ardently we view these papers and what grandiose images of equality, democracy and opportunity our name evokes, you would think that we continuously upheld the values expressed in our founding
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Many Americans were proud to call themselves a Nativist and pushed for laws that would only let the “good” immigrants (those from countries whose citizens originally made up the colonies) in and keep out the “bad” immigrants (those from countries not among the original colonists). This racism, especially applied to Chinese and Japanese immigrants. The successful passing of acts such as the National Origins Act and Chinese Exclusion Act and the imposition of literacy tests are tangible proof of this racism and inequality. The struggles of African Americans didn’t go away with slavery either. Segregation was still completely legal until 1964 and prevalent far beyond. Up until the 1930s, lynchings were almost commonplace. In fact, until then lynching was technically completely legal as activists were never able to pass legislation to make it a punishable crime (“The Progressives Respond” 227). As time went on, African Americans still had to fight for equal treatment and even today there are many racial tensions. We once again went against the Declaration during World War ll when we ripped Japanese Americans away from their homes and jobs to put them in internment camps. This decision was based solely on paranoia that people of Japanese descent would try against America. Although these camps were not nearly as cruel as the concentration camps of the Holocaust they still have many similarities which in many ways

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