Essay on Differences Between Native Americans And African Americans

815 Words Jul 5th, 2015 4 Pages
The best part of living in the United States of America is the many different ethnic groups that call it home. It gives this country a unique blend of people whose ancestors originated from all over the world and of people that have recently migrated to it shores an opportunity to add a little of their culture to the mix. Of the different ethnic groups that are present in the U.S., I choose to focus on two groups that I feel have made significant contributions, along with so many others, to the fabric of America, Native Americans and African-Americans. In a lot of ways these two groups have faced overwhelming obstacles to be recognized as full American citizens and valued for their contributions. However, as time has passed, these two groups have made amazing accomplishments and continue to rise above direct and indirect forms of prejudice and stereotypes.
The indigenous people of the United States of America number a little more than “4 million people and lay claim to approximately 300 reservations that serve as indigenous homelands and seats of tribal government” according to Hillary N. Weaver at the School of Social Work located at the State University of New York at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York. Native Americans have faced blatant racism, forced assimilation, attempted eradication of native language and traditions, etc… Weaver states “this growing population is disproportionately affected by poverty, and health disparities.”
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