Reflecting On “Hyphen Nation” Matthew Frye Jacobson’s “Hyphen Nation” focuses on America’s ethnic revival and the evolution of race and culture in America. Jacobson claims that the ethnic revival changed political and social culture, American textbooks and the nation’s identity, and credited the movement with the restoration of Ellis Island into its present museum. These accreditations are all justified and Jacobson presents a thorough history of proof through our nation’s progress and struggle with ethnicity and multiculturalism. The ethnic revival began with the Civil Rights Movement. As Americans grew less settled in the wars and actions of their government there was also a focus in the black community of a desire for equality, both in public and in politics.
Research has shown that individuals are more likely to marry within their social class, and to go against it would be considered deviating. There is no set conclusion to ending discrimination. But by ending discrimination we will allow for societies to be more accepting towards interracial marriages. Reflection and Analysis The increased rate of interracial marriage represents change in the world. A couple hundred years ago, an interracial couple would have been seen as a disgrace to their country, culture and way of life.
Once reconstruction had been unraveled, Americans were eager to progress the United States and better this nation socially, politically and economically. Progressive People during this time desired to move from the original farming scenario, into more urban settings and city like areas. Some progressive people rejected social Darwinism and challenged the ideas of the Laissez-faire, and idolized the ideals of pragmatism—which is relying on human experience to define any truth—but that was just the beginning. Many of the progressivists wanted to reform the government and economic systems, due to accelerated urban growth and imbalance in economic power between the upper-class and the lower-class. Leaders like Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt are highly associated with aiding with these political issues of progressivism.
Do people discriminate others to hurt them or they do not realize what their actions are doing? Racial discrimination is when a person is treated less favorably than another person in a similar situation because of their race, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin or immigrant status. One of the biggest discrimination in this country is racial discrimination towards Latinos and people of color. Racial discrimination has become a part of everyday life in America. We have to stop this hatred in our country because this country is based on freedom, peace, and home of immigrants.
To answer question two, to compare and contrast immigration prior and during the late 19th would be that both were for personal well being. Those that settled in America, say the pilgrims, came here for religious freedom more or less. They sought for this new land to bring them new opportunities for a better life. The main difference between these waves of immigration has to be this notion of the “American Dream”. Though this new wave of immigrants did come seeking a better and new life, there was something a little different that separated them from the pilgrims.
They want to reduce the violence that is done to blacks from racists. Movements like this is what america needs to promote and have a better future. The black lives matter movement has improved the overall violence wrongfully admitted to blacks (Engler, 2016). This could be due to the fact that the movement has brought out so much attention that racists are now trying to hide the fact that they are racist. A recent assignment that was assigned in my American Law class was to write what races or things you are prejudice towards, and when the papers were read almost everyone said they didn’t have prejudice views towards a certain race.
This study confirms that racism is now of the individual, as not all Americans harbor these beliefs. Moreover, in “Government and politics won’t solve our racial problem”, the author defines the difference between racial bigotry and institutionalized racism, and declares that racial bigotry, not institutionalized racism, plagues our nation. Parker defines racial bigotry as “personal behavior...personal affairs of the heart” (Parker). The inclusion of ‘“personal” in the definition implies that the behavior is of an individual. Cooper discusses the relation of Millennials to racism.
It is as if it is a moral obligation of the U.S. government to let this bill pass through. In the words of James Truslow Adams said on the American dream: “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.” It should be regardless of social class or circumstances of birth or how you got to America, that is the moral
There are steps this nation can take, some concrete steps by The Center for American Progress note in Leveling the Playing Field: How to Ensure Minorities Share Equitably in the Economic Recovery and Beyond, these concrete steps start with the continuation of a substantial economic stimulus to get the U.S. economy out of its worst recession since the Great Depression, but they also require energy security and health care reform. These additional steps can both enhance long-run economic growth and immediately buffer the economic security of society’s most vulnerable. The authors Weller and Logan only see these supporting policies listed as a way for this nation to truly move into the country we were promised decades ago. When it seems, this country has moved over social injustice after social injustice, it always seems that only the tip of the issue has been touched. The American Dream is and will always be nothing more than a dream.
Today’s Americans define the American dream differently from their predecessor. Contemporary writers such as Marianne Cooper, a sociologist at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, believe that the American dream expectations have been downgraded. In her article, “The Downsizing of the American Dream,” she argued that “people are downsizing their definition of the American dream. Today, the desire to own a home or to move up economically is often replaced by a desire to be debt free and to have financial stability” (Cooper). Otherwise stated, Americans aspirations of accomplishing a better life has been replaced by maintaining their current position at all cost.
From the early to mid-nineteenth century however, Hsu explains that immigrants aspired to be recognized as a “white American”. Therefore so the U.S wouldn’t be intimidated by them they tried to imitate them and eventually led them to assimilate into their new culture. A minority majority shift is imminent where the minorities will become the majority and the current majority will become the minority. With this in mind, although each culture wants to represent themselves, society will over time blend with one another and blur the lines of race (Salem 2). The conservative author, Salam mentions that there are no current politicians who endorse the melting pot ideal and believes that it’s a shame.
America is a “melting pot” where people from diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds assimilate to the American culture. Second and third generation immigrants do not identify as Chinese, but Chinese-Americans. They may have a different faith and look differently, but they are Americans. The American society gains from the addition of immigrants by becoming a more tolerant and understanding nation. Buchanan further limits his arguments by preying upon people’s fears.
Equality among races was troublesome at this point in history, and speaking about equality between the white and the black was not an easy task. The black man was not the white man equal. Circumstances such color, moral, and intellectual endowments were among the dissimilarities between them. The idea of the white man supremacy was part of the popular predicament; thus, the government was made for the benefit and posterity of the white man. Abraham Lincoln declared that he has no purpose to introduce political and social equality between races; in fact, he was in favor of the race that he belongs.
Over the years, America had to give in and provide the immigrants with rights because it is a country that has depended on immigrants for industrial labor (Burgon). The greatest conflict in America is that it has had to learn how to accept the ethnic, racial, and religious diversity that the newcomers bring in while also trying to having its strong traditions (Burgon). The power of immigrants is gradually improving. The term aliens, given to immigrants when talking about laws and courts. These aliens can ideally become residents and then citizens of the U.S., which will then be able to challenge the constitution in the immigration policy (Cox).