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Essay about Race and Ethnicity

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Upon entering the class I was anxious, curious, and also oblivious to the ideas I would be encountering. Like other students who had not previously spent time discussing topics of race and ethnicity, I myself had nervous tendencies in assuming that such a class may not strengthen my understanding of ethnic and race relations. I realized I knew little about race or ethnicity, and even the possible similarities or differences. However, I welcomed the opportunity to further discover the possibilities of the class. My understanding of race was concentrated in a definition that could be understood as different skin colors. My limited conception of ethnicity applied to people’s origin or where they lived. It seemed as though my lack of…show more content…

Explanations as to why such areas seemed trivial in my life may possibly be found in the life I have lived.
My pre-adolescent years were spent in a community thick with diversity. My friendships were as diverse as the environment in which I lived. It never struck me that racial and ethnic ideals separated people in society. However, upon moving to a predominately white upper-class community I began to question such racial and ethnic ideas. From my adolescent years through today I began noticing that certain people are viewed differently for reasons relating to race and ethnicity. As a result, the most recent community I grew up in has kept me sheltered from aspects of society. As a product of a community where majorities existed, I found myself unexposed to the full understanding of race and ethnicity. Prior to the class I had never fully dealt with issues of race or ethnicity, as a result I wondered why they would be of any importance in my life.
Nonetheless, these feeling changed. Even though my understanding of ethnicity and race was limited my interest for understanding grew. For example, one weekend among peers at Connecticut College my last name was referred to in conversation about the Jewish population on campus. Without any hesitation the people around me highlighted a distinction that I was not Jewish due to my German name and looks, and therefore not included with the concern of the discussion. I came to wonder why such a distinction was made. I knew that

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Race and Ethnicity in America Essay

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Race and Ethnicity in America

In 1492 Columbus sailed the Ocean Blue. Everyone knows the story of Christopher Columbus; they are taught it in grade school if not before then. When he landed in America by accident, he had no idea that he would be creating the world's largest Melting Pot. This "melting pot" provided means for a new country, made from a mixture of many cultures and beliefs, thus creating a new country with a new and ever-changing culture. One complication with a Melting Pot is that you cannot put people of different race and ethnicity together without conflict. Conflict defined by dictionary.com as: "A state of disharmony between incompatible or antithetical persons, ideas, or interests; a clash." Humanity…show more content…

It started out that the Columnists were working and farming the land, which they stole, on their own. As the years passed they soon realized that why do it our selves when we can have someone else to do it. They began to ship slaves over from Africa. Hundreds of slaves were crowded onto large ships and brought to a foreign land, only to be enslaved by a foreign race of people. The hands of other races formed America. The foundation of this country was based upon racial tension and conflict. This strain continued even after slavery had been abolished. People would lash out at other races in order to make them-selves feel better. Phrases like "hate crimes" were suddenly popping up.
Throughout the early twentieth century, African-Americans were considered to be inferior to the Caucasian race. There were designated areas for "white" and "colored" people. "Colored" people were not allowed to eat in certain restaurants. They were not even allowed to drink from the same water fountains. Most of the time the "colored" fountain were just faucets sticking out of the wall. Segregation, as this separation of the races became known as, was legal by the laws of this country. The Supreme Court in the landmark decision of Plessy vs. Fregussun brought legality to the United States for segregation. "A statue which implies merely a legal distinction between the white and colored

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