Racism, Sexism In Native American People, By Marc Lamont Hill

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In 1848, Apache leader, Geronimo, led his people and fellow Native Americans in combat as the United States government stripped them of their land and culture and confined them to unfamiliar reservations. In 1886, the Supreme Court case of Yick Wo vs. Hopkins shook Asian American when local discriminatory laws were enacted to stifle Chinese business in San Francisco. In 1963, Civil Rights activist, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Now, nearly 55 years after King gave that infamous speech, we find ourselves in a new era of oppression and rejection to our own American people. Yet, this time it’s a little different. Not only are our actions riddled with racist motives, we are excluding the vulnerable, the disposable, the nobodies. First, it is important to understand what it means to be a nobody. While there is still some incidental correlation to race, nobodyness is indebted to class differences. With a thorough analysis in consideration of values such as individual worth, community and discovery, we are able to understand the differences caused by material conditions and relations that come into play that “racism, sexism and other forms of oppression cannot fully explain” (Hill XXII). In his book, “Nobody,” author, Marc Lamont Hill provides this alternative perspective to the incidents against the “nobodies” we are all so familiar with today. While the names Michael Brown, Eric Garner,

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