America by far is the most diverse country on the face of the earth. America today is known for freedom, equality, democracy, and a defender against tyranny. The foundation of American values lay in a belief of independence, nationalism, capitalism, and religion. However, many conflicts have arisen over these values in the past. Capitalism and other characteristics have made America great, but they have brought about their own set of inequalities. Those inequalities have deep roots in race, culture, gender, and wealth. In the 1800s two of the biggest conflict lies with the issue of slavery and women’s rights.
My parents have always encouraged me to strive to be my best self. They've always wanted me to attend college so that I could follow my dream of going to medical school to become a physician. This scholarship would not only help pay for college expenses, but encourage me to succeed.
More specifically, changes have insidiously crept into these infrastructures and represent a troubling trend of racism and Islamophobia. This “anti-Muslim racism is…a racial infrastructure in which cultural forms and institutions interact in a complex social system of racialization” (Rana 119). This is evidenced in the government legislation, but more subversively, in the language and symbols employed by the authorities and society. These languages and symbols are disseminated through society, and “often [set] unconscious…forces that determine both our individual and collective behavior, [and] ways of perceiving, thought patterns, and values” (Kiltz 87). Moreover, they exemplify “who is important,” and reinforce the “hidden hierarchy of people” (Thomas 89,88).
We live in a society where the mainstream values white, but not black, men, but not women, rich but not poor; and youth, but not aging. These are the values we live by that have created inequalities, stereotypes, discrimination, and segregation in our society. When individuals believe a certain group (Male, white, middle class, young) is superior, they become empowered and privilege and any other sub-group is inferior, and face discrimination and unequal opportunity. Thus, leading to –isms (racism, sexism, classism, ageism) in institutions, which create patterns of discrimination based on society’s value system. These mainstream values and – ism’s have become structured into existing social institutions, such as policing, educational systems,
When most people are taught about U.S. history, we think of mostly the bad times like the wars, the civil rights movements, President Kennedy’s and M. L. King Jr’s associations, just to name a few. In this paper I will discuss those and more going into the start of the 21st century. The previous five decades consisting of the 1950s into the millennium happened during the U.S. History equally turbulent, but exciting. There also were numerous transformations within social, governmental, plus technological sections, but the WWII era currently seems rather prehistoric. Since the 1950s America has experienced major cultural transformations, starting with four main
From the segregation and discrimination of African American’s to threats towards Muslims. Sadly discrimination in the United States is still happening today. These people that are affected are not equal to the other people who aren’t getting discriminated against. Studies show that it racism and discrimination is a big problem and it’s getting worse. “In a new nationwide poll conducted by CNN and the Kaiser Family Foundation, roughly half of Americans -- 49% -- say racism is "a big problem" in society today” (Shoichet, CNN). Discrimination is a big problem and it’s only getting worse. Racial tensions are on the rise. The Muslim community has been repeatedly harassed and attacked because of their religion. “They have been harassed, fired from jobs, denied access to public places, and otherwise discriminated against because they wear hijab” (ACLU). Society sees them as future terrorist because terrorist in the Middle East claim to be Muslim. Society plays a big role in discrimination. “Racism is inevitable in any society” (Shoichet, CNN). There is always going to be racism is society. It’s going to happen to different people. That doesn’t mean that it should be brushed over or ignored. Society can manipulate other people into thinking that what they say is correct. “They perpetuate certain ways of seeing the world and peoples within that world” (Jiwani, Racism and the media). Society can change the way some people
The essential question is “Why are you interested in attending Tulane University?”, but in all honesty it should be “Why not Tulane?”. No I have never had the chance to visit Louisiana, none-the-less Tulane, but I have always yearned to visit the unique state. What better way to explore the state than by attending a college located there? Like the state where Tulane University is located, it seems to be a very diverse yet fun place to live out my college life. My interest in the college range from the academic reputation of the school, the location and social environment, and the overall attractiveness of the college.
The United States has a longstanding history of racism and discriminatory policy, stemming from the colonial era. Generally, those who weren’t considered true White Americans faced blatant ethnicity-based discrimination and adversity in matters of education, human rights, immigration, land ownership, and politics. Specific racial institutions, characteristic of the 17th to 20th centuries, included slavery, wars against the Native Americans, exclusion from civil life, and segregation. It wasn’t until the mid-20th century that formal racial discrimination was banned, and majority attitudes began to see racism as socially unacceptable. However, our relatively recent racialized history has left an unfortunate impact on present society. The legacy of historical racism still continues to be echoed through socioeconomic inequality, and racial politics still remain a major phenomenon. Many argue that our government systems have shifted from means of overt racism to more symbolic, covert racism, and that this is reflected in our societal institutions, such as employment, housing, education, economics, and government.
In modern times, the United States is bombarded with racism and discrimination. From the confederate flag controversy to police brutality, the United States is reflecting a morbid past. Events such as these are fueled by false understandings of race and ethnicity; leading to stereotypes. For the Irish, Jews, and Italians, stereotypes led to severe discrimination from opportunities and isolation from society.
Throughout the history of the United States, multitudes of social issues arise, fall, and repeat. In the modern day United States, many social issues are currently at hand including abortion, gender pay differences, the minimum wage, gun violence, police brutality, and seemingly excessive college tuition raises, to name a few. One issue that has been brought back to light within the last few years is racism. Many different headlines, buzzwords, and slogans shoot through media outlets including “Systematic Racism” (Bandler, 2016), “Black Lives Matter” (Black Lives Matter, n.d.), “Institutional Racism” (Michaelson, 2015), the list goes on. Many millennials and middle-aged workers are crying out in support and against these claims, calling this a social problem in an effort to show abnormality in the status quo (Davis-Sowers, 2016), as this condition has negative attributes related to individuals or the world that they live in (Leon-Guerrero).
In 1920, women across the United States were granted the right to vote through the passing of the 19th Amendment. During WWII, Japanese Americans were subjected to Executive Order 9066, which labelled them as outcasts and criminals, and forced to live in internment camps. During the Great Depression, thousands of people took their own lives because they had lost all of their wealth after the stock market crash. Those that killed themselves would rather be dead than poor. These situations, among many, portray the dark side of living in such a diverse nation. There will always be individuals who do not want to bring about change and accept this that are different from their norm. These individuals live life wanting to keep those outside of
Oppression and discrimination has plagued our society since early times. As a collective society one would think that over time oppression and discrimination would turn into acceptance and equality. Conversely, our society has taken sluggish steps towards diversity, acceptance and equality. Our society is focused on labeling people and putting them into limiting boxes. Oppression occurs across various groups of people based on gender, sex, race, religion, and disability. Members of these diverse groups are discriminated among work places, schools, and other places. Work places and schools promote diversity and non-discrimination, however little seems to be practiced. Oppression across generation leaves damaging consequences hindering society in the growth towards a more accepting environment.
I have two main priorities in my life right now which are school and football, which brings me to reason why am I still here at the University of Dubuque? I seem too ask myself if I’ll choose to continue my education and career in football at the University of Dubuque the experience was pretty good with the people I met and I am not really getting distracted from things that are stopping me from getting my work done but it just doesn’t feel right here and my luck here hasn’t been the best either. But as long as I can focus here for the year than I can transfer next year. Which is part of the reason why I am here to play football, it keeps me reminded on what’s really important to me. Can of course that thing is school. Without the grades I
A long time friend once said, “Jonah, Tulane is the best place on earth. Please look into it.” With that recommendation in hand and my avid Googling abilities, I began my journey. Within an hour of my first search, I thought WOW…. They have it all! Throughout High School “The writers’ café” has been a way of expressing my thoughts. I am unwilling to lose this release, and I was pleased to find “The Tulane Free Press” to be my solution. Also, undergrad entrepreneurship is something that has always fascinated me. Tulane of course has that covered with “Start Up Tulane.” I would like to do entrepreneurial research and development, while honing in on my innovative side and this club atmosphere is just right for team building and product development.
A current cultural conflict taking place in America today is religious. Many Americans discriminate against the Islamic faith and there have been countless acts of mistreatment of Muslims in the work place, at school, in public, and in the media. Negative feelings and acts toward Muslims have become so prevalent that in 1991 the Runnymede Trust Report coined a term for it. The report defined the “unfounded hostility toward Muslims, and therefore fear or dislike of all or most Muslims” as “Islamophobia” (Defining “Islamophobia”). There has always been some religious cultural conflict with Muslims in the United States, but since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, conflict has escalated significantly.