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Category: Social Issues

Autor: reviewessays 07 May 2011

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I have learned a great deal of background information on all the races that were covered in the textbook. I have learned what can constitute a prejudice and discrimination and that there is a large perception of prejudice and discrimination in the world and not all are necessarily true. Most prejudice is either learned from home or the result of lack of education about another race or ethnic group. Stereotyping is an exaggerated generalization about a group that does not consider the individual person. I feel that stereotyping is the basically the same as prejudice. As far as relating to any specific minority group I don’t think it will change how I relate to another race. I have always tried to treat everyone fairly and to give him or her the benefit of doubt.

I learned many new things about my cultural history. I never knew the Irish were treated so badly when they came to America or the conditions of the travel getting here. Most Irish left Ireland for America because of the poverty, disease, potato famine, and English oppression in their own country. Many job postings in America stated “No Irish Need Apply” and they were called the “White Nigger”. I also learned that they fought back fiercely against the discrimination. At the beginning of the Civil War, the Irish were to first to sign up and fight for the country that didn’t want them. The Irish Brigade was the most honored of fighting units. The Irish also continue to have strong ties with their homeland and celebrate many of their holidays, especially St. Patrick’s Day.

The majority of today’s immigrants live in six states: California, New York, New Jersey, Texas, Florida, and Illinois. By the year 2050 the U.S. population is estimated to be 387 million people, if the current rate of immigration continues. The Hispanic population will grow from 27 million to 85 million. “In California, where many new immigrants live, each native household is paying about $1,178 a year in state and local taxes to cover services used by immigrant households, the panel said.” National Research Council. In California the whites will be the minority within the next 50 years..

With the inter-racial marriages the ethnic groups will become more and more blurred. There will be fewer distinctive ethnic groups, we will end up with a very blended culture. Another reason for the drop of native population is the decline in births over the years. The immigrants continue to have large families, while the whites have only zero to two children on average.

I believe one of the things we should try is get more immigrants to do is take on professional jobs such as teachers/professors, police, politicians, etc. so other immigrants can have someone of their own race and culture to look up to and aspire to become. We need to encourage their participation through community flyers, TV commercials and other forms of mass media. I truly believe the faster they assimilate into the American structure the faster they can move up. I do not believe providing more financial aid is the answer, we need to get them into the work force as soon as possible and off of public assistance. In doing so it would break the generational cycle of public assistance.

Another aspect would be educating yourself about other cultures, higher education is one way of accomplishing this. You can attend cultural parades, fair or anything that is sponsored by another ethnic group just so you understand their culture and customs. The more you get to know other people the more you see that we are all alike in many aspects. We are all humans with wants, needs and desires.

National Research Council http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=5779