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Ethnic Studies

April 3, 2016 | Author: | Posted in ethnic and area studies, social sciences

Ethnic Studies

Introduction

As we look at the savagery of slaughter in Rwanda , ethnic cleaning in Bosnia and sectarian violence in Iraq , we are astonished to see that people of these communities cannot live in peace and harmony . Today to the outside world , United States may project the image of a highly civilized and a rich country of equal opportunities for all , but even today , the ethnic tensions are a source of friction among the various ethnic groups

In his State of the Union address in February 1997 , President Clinton [banner_entry_middle]

acknowledged that ethnic tension abound in American life [Balz , 1997] He insisted that ethnic diversity was not a weakness but the `greatest strength ‘ of United States . In another speech the same year , he accepted that this `greatest weakness ‘ also contained serious problems and called for a serious dialogue about race in the country . President Clinton pleaded “Can we be one America , respecting , even celebrating our differences , but embracing even more what we have in common ? Can we define what it means to be an American , not just in terms of the hyphens showing our ethnic origins , but in terms of our primary allegiance to the values America stands for ? [Smith , 2000] ‘ These are nice sentiments and good-hearted intentions but the history shows that the majority race still suffers from a superiority complex and some consider the minority races as the baggage acquired as a part of the historical nation building process which have to be tolerated to show a civilized face to the world

United States subjects its Arab-Americans for racial profiling and unauthorized wire-tapping . It interned its own Japanese-Americans during the 2nd World War , allowed its Black-Americans to be enslaved for over 150 years , treats its Mexican-American as less American than the majority race . The original inhabitant of the land were treated as an inferior race that had to be wiped out or pushed aside to make way for the progress

United States indeed has a history of ethnicity-based injustices . The New York Times and the Washington Post criticized President Clinton speech [Astor , 1997] as `short on substance , Haven ‘t we been talking about this issue for generations , Are we any closer to agreement today on complex and vexing questions than we were over 30 years ago when Presidents Kennedy and Johnson launched a renewed national debate on these matters . The ethnic issues are being discussed for as long as the races have been together . From Dubois writings on black issues protesting the condition and treatment of black Americans , Whether you like it or not the millions (blacks ) are here , and here they will remain . If you do not lift them up , they will pull you down [Bauerlein , 2004] , to New Orleans ‘s blacks ‘ protests in the aftermath of Katrina [HBO , 2006] , Black Americans have always felt that the majority whites do not care for blacks

The United States nation building process has been greatly influenced by the white supremacy , racial consideration and struggle for rights of racial minorities… [banner_entry_footer]

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