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amcs critical essay - Roge 1 Marissa Roge November 5 2007...

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Roge 1 Marissa Roge November 5, 2007 Professor Ching American Cultures 100 Whiteness The idea of ‘whiteness’ deals with many major facets in the current world, but especially pertains to race, behavior, and economic goals. “This world is white no longer, and it will never be white again,” says James Baldwin, author of Stranger in the Village . I agree with Baldwin. There is no such thing as a pure race anymore. All the races have become intermixed, and therefore there is no way to create the perfect type of person, whether it be skin tone, language, or what have you. One of the narrators in the movie clip said that we need to not be color blind, but see color and respect it for what it is, without bias and prejudice. I think that this reigns true no matter what your genealogy is. If you take the term whiteness literally, it comes down to the color of your skin. The four major races in the United States that are not considered white are Asian, Latino, Native American, and African American. When the first Europeans came to the Americas, they were glad to have the Native Americans as a crutch to help them with finding food and showing them the best ways to farm. As time went on though, there was too much conflict between the Native Americans and the Europeans immigrating to attain religious freedom. The Native Americans, who were generous and helped the new pioneers with farming and finding food, had been thrown out of their indigenous lands and had to migrate to the Midwest. During this time, Africans were also being brought
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Roge 2 over as servants. At first, they were treated well, but after a while, things started going poorly. The slaves and indentured servants started to coalesce, and their owners were intimidated because, combined, the African American slaves and the indentured servants made up a larger percentage of the population than the upper class did. During the period of slavery, African Americans were not supposed to read or write. “While northern whites generally viewed blacks as childlike and mentally deficient, they also feared them as criminals”(Takaki, 109). Frederick Douglass was the epitome of what a black man should not be. He was taught to read and write at a young age by his mistress. He escaped to the North at a young age, and later became an abolitionist. African Americans are considered such if they just have one drop of African American blood in them, but Native Americans have to follow a blood quantum. The blood quantum states that in order to receive benefits from the government, they have to be fifty percent or more of Native American descent. Blood quantum was put into effect after the United States government realized how much they had hurt the Native Americans by taking their land. This rule seems as though the government is trying to delineate the Native Americans in a quantitative term. I think that this is an unfair rule, because there are people practicing the culture, but since they are not half blooded, they cannot get the help the government owes them.
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