The U.S has a prolonged history of discrimination. In the late 17th century, when America declared as a free country, only the white gentility had the privileged of “freedom” and African American continue their life as slaves for many decades. As the country grows, it became a dream land, a refuge for immigrations fled from their country to seek freedom and pursuit happiness. However, the gene of discriminations stuck deeply in the mind of the early founding fathers; hence their descendents also obtained the hatred toward immigrations who look differently. In the late 1800s and the early 1900s, many immigrants such as the Jews, Chinese and Japanese immigrations came to America with the hope for
Among the minorities, people with an Islamic religious viewpoint are treated differently throughout America. A dark day in United States history,
Growing up in the US, I did not face much racism, nor was I judged by people. However, there were a few times as I grew up that I felt I was being judged or singled out, just for the reason of being from another country. Because I am neither white nor do I look like others’ ideal of an American, some people see me as lesser-than. Some people treat me differently because of my background and where my family has come from. But those perceptions do not impact the way I see myself and others. I feel the diversity within my own people, and I see every country as beautiful.
When most immigrants move into America, they are greeted with much tension and conflict. There is still some discrimination between races, as much as American’s
America, a land that prides itself on being “the great melting pot”, and “the land of opportunity”, oftentimes exemplifies everything but that. Over the years, a vast majority of immigrants have migrated to America and assimilated themselves to American culture. In Moustafa Bayoumi’s novel, “Rasha”, he describes the turmoil some families face when trying to immigrate into America. In the novel, Rasha was arrested, thrown in jail and detained for three months just because she was a Muslim. While immigration is portrayed as a way to a “better life”, the truth is that families just like Rasha’s still encounter discrimination that challenges American ideals such as freedom of religion and equality.
America has always been labeled the “melting pot” and the “land of the free,” but when one is analyzing the history and social norms of the country, these statements are far from true. America has thrived through the oppression of minority groups and social pressure towards these groups to conform to the majority culture. In any historical sense, from the near extermination of Native Americans to the racial profiling of Muslim individuals after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, minority groups have always been the victims and have always been viewed as different if they do not assimilate into the “typical” American culture. Numerous works of literature have successfully displayed the struggles that minorities face when attempting to conform. Two works in particular, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Alexie Sherman and When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka, tell stories of two different minority groups: Native Americans living in the 21st century and Japanese-Americans during World War II. While these stories are separated by several decades, it is clear that American culture has not changed, as each story exemplifies how difficult it truly is to leave old cultural norms behind in order to be accepted by the majority.
Immigrant discrimination is simply put the discrimination by natives against immigrants from other countries. In this article I am also going to go into some depth on discrimination on transplants from other areas (people who have relocated to another area of the country.) Immigrant discrimination is a major issue in the United States. There is a reason the United States is considered the melting pot of the world. There are people from all walks of life in our country. There are approximately forty six million immigrants in the United States.
I will be writing about the oppression of Middle Eastern people in America. They can come from Egypt all the way to Iran, and they make their home in America. When Terrorism became a more talked about problem, fear started to trickle out. And with fear there comes a lot of anger about what we don’t understand. America is predominately a Christian nation and the sects that follow that belief system, and therefore Americans in general have more of a bias view to those religions. This is what makes it hard for Middle Eastern people to live here with this oppressive attitude. What doesn’t help is how the only news that is told to Americans deals with wars and suicide bombings, it creates a view that people from the Middle East are actually dangerous and have ideas that threaten Americans. In reality, those are the talked about topics because they are flashy and make people want to read about it.
Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “Remember, remember always that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”. It is a common assertion that the United States is a “melting pot”-a mixture of numerous different cultures, ethnicities, religions, and people hailing from all over the world. However, just as proudly as this is proclaimed, there is another truth that becomes evident: prejudice against those who dare to make a better life by emigrating to the U.S. is alive and thriving. This unfortunate reality is nothing new. “Immigrants constantly face being discriminated against because of the color of their skin, the sound of their voice, or simply because of the way they look and their beliefs”
From evidence based practice, it has been proven that racism and discrimination is evident in our society. As defined by Webster’s Dictionary, “racism is the poor treatment or violence against people because of their race; and discrimination is the unfairly treatment of a person or group of people differently from other people or groups of people” (Merriam Webster, 2015). When immigrants settle into America, they are pursuing happiness, sovereignty and a new beginning. However, for countless immigrants, this idea becomes merely an illusion. The battle to gain acceptance from the America population is a struggle. While seeking economic opportunity and independence, it is more often that immigrants experience discrimination. However, the purpose of this essay a to provide readers with evidence based practice regarding discrimination against American immigrants. Found below is an article that both proves its thesis, and provide a data analysis.
Many people come to America to live their dream. Some people were privileged to be born and raised in their American dream, but others were not so lucky. They were not born here and they didn’t get the opportunities that Americans were born with. Some people had to fight to get here and fight to get what they wanted. Although, America has not always been nice to them. We claim that coming to America is the best thing that can happen to someone, but when they get here there isn’t much “traditionalists” are willing to offer them. This is especially true when it comes to individuals from the Muslim or Islamic decent. America promotes their acceptance, but they are not willing to accept everyone. This is the injustice that is ramped in America
The United States is a country which declares that all men are created equal and that they are given unalienable rights. Unfortunately, the way the government treats immigrants reflects a different understanding of the Declaration of Independence. Immigrants are victims of persecution, banning, and discrimination. For instance, the new policies for immigration include the “Muslim ban.” Several Muslims from six particular nations traveled to the United States, but before they could depart from the airport, the officers did not let them into the country. Even the Muslims with legal residency were prohibited the entrance.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) talks about people’s civil rights protecting minorities, black people, LGBT, disabled and women against racial discrimination and unfair treatment. I am fascinated how American history of discriminations evolves since 1970’s onwards. Discriminations exist amongst us and still grow in the U.S. On the contrary, it does not only exist in America but also exist somewhere else, for example when I was living and working at Starbucks in the Middle East I seen a lot of discrimination from the company towards how they treat minorities like Bangladesh, Sri Lankans, Pakistani, and few Indians with lack of educations were discriminated from advancing to a new role, even though they are highly recommended, deserving and works really hard they were deprived of having job promotions. The Middle Eastern people thinks they are not capable and suited to have the right job
In this world there are many uncertainties, but one sure thing is that all men were created equal. Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” In God’s eyes every human being is one, regardless of racial, ethnic, physical, or social differences (Galatians 3:28). This is the very mission of Social work. America today is opportunity, and yet a majority of its population is underprivileged and discriminated. One of the populations that experience a brunt of this racial discrimination is the Muslims, and the biggest reason for this is a lack of understanding. People tend to be so blinded by their fear, anger and discomfort that they fail to study who the Muslim people really are. If I was honest, I fail in much the same area. As a social worker, if the Lord called me to work with the Muslim people there would be several things I would need to do as preparation. For example, I would want to study their culture, religion and traditions. I would definitely need to confront my personal bias against the Muslim population, and study the various approaches and methods of intervention that might be effective when working with the Muslim people.
Throughout history, the middle east has often been the focus of news reporters. A middle eastern country that has not been exempt from this, is Turkey. Turkey has not only been a focus, but it also has had a very long, complicated history.