Racial Discrimination Immigrants

1075 Words 5 Pages
In American history, immigration has played a significant role in the creation of our diverse society. Many people of different ethnicities and backgrounds have come over to America in pursue of their dreams. Certain groups come for a change from the abnormality and conflicts that occur in their country. Others arrive in pursuit of a better life in which they believe can benefit them and their families. With the arrival of these immigrants, the country and its current population have to adapt with possible changes that might occur. America has been known as The Land of Opportunity; “To me what the American dream is no matter what your background is, what county you’re from, what income background you’re from, that no matter what you can be …show more content…
“He had heard ‘various rumors’ about the terrible ways whites treated the Japanese there. ‘But I didn’t realize the true situation until I had personal experience,’ he said. ‘In one instance, I went to a barber shop to get my hair trimmed,. On entering the shop, one of the barbers approached me and asked for my nationality. I answered that I was Japanese, and as soon as he heard that I was of the yellow race, he drove me out of the place as if he were driving away a cat or a dog’ (Takaki, 252). This is a paragon of racial discrimination many immigrants had to contend with in America. “But citizenship and education, the second generation soon discovered, did not immunize them from racial discrimination. Even they, American citizens by birth, were told to ‘go back’ to Japan and called ‘Japs’” (Takaki, 259). Many other second generation were discriminated even though they had citizenships and education. It was rife that Japaneses were discriminated for being in the yellow race and as a result of that they had hardly any opportunities even with enough education and citizenship. “The Nisei also experienced difficulty finding jobs in the mainstream economy. Generally, Japanese Americans graduated from high school with good grades, even honors, and man had completed college. The average educational level of the Nisei was two years of college, well above the national average. …show more content…
Evidences that sums up immigrants going through hardships like racial discrimination, denial for citizenship and profiteering of inexperienced labors. Without regard to the past of immigration in American history, America has developed more into The Land of Opportunity over time where changes can happen. “Experts say that when time are hard people shift their definition of the American Dream. It becomes more about values like freedom and opportunity and less about the material success” (Harris). Destitution had come and go, like where the adversity of the immigration in United States had once been filled with odious thoughts of others but overcame that with every diligent immigrants. “Within each economic cycle of approximately twenty years we may discover at equally regular intervals, related to the business cycle, a period of about four or five years in which the people have attained most nearly to balance of mind, a period in which the American dream has had the best chance for fulfillment” (Adams). Life is always a cycle where things repeat again but hardships in life can always

Related Documents