Historical Discrimination In The United States

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The United States is often referred to as ‘the melting pot’ because of the different ethnicities and races that American society is composed of. Indeed, the United States presents an interesting phenomenon of coexistence of different cultures. Yet, it is important to understand that differences often lead to power imbalances, and the United States, does not deny that it has become a victim of it. For many centuries, American society was shackled with different types of historical inequalities, including ethnic, racial, sexual, class, and gender inequalities. We do not deny that the United States also has a shameful experience of the most rigid system of racial discrimination for one of our minority groups, such as slavery. Yet, the United…show more content…
Today there are no Ku Klux Klan marches, such as the one in 1928, and no public group requests to return to the era of racial segregation. The evidence above shows how much has already been done to address the problem of historical discrimination and phobias. It indicates that the way racism is articulated and presented currently is less openly hateful. There has been a change in argumentation from the point of denying equality to the point of claiming that equality has been achieved, and that racism today is not systematic and the rare occurrences of it is nothing but an anomaly. Yet, it is important to understand that long centuries of hate and discrimination will not lead to friendship and equality overnight. The changes we are making are slow, but they are still very significant. These changes can be seen with the number of exports and imports that this great land sees daily, all ethnicities attending school and public gatherings together and the number of African American or other ethnicities holding government positions. It is not only the United States government, but foremost, American society that helps minorities in their pro-equality struggle. Today our focus is on truly appreciating diversity because it helps to take different unique perspectives into account. As Lyndon Johnson said ” We can now believe that it will never again shadow the gate to the American nation with the twin barriers prejudice and privilege. Our beautiful America was built by a nation of strangers. The land flourished because it was fed from so many sources – because it was nourished by so many cultures, traditions and people.” America is strong because those that are a part of it are not scared to fight for their rights and what they believe in, which has resulted in a diverse country that is willing to help the less fortunate such as with the Alliance of Progress and
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