The Four Prisons And The Movements Of Oppression In America In The United States

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The United States has an agonizing past filled with bigotry and racism. Since long before it’s founding in July 4, 1776, this country was built on the backs of slaves and the exploitation of immigrants. According to History.com, The first slaves were brought to Jamestown by Dutch traders in 1619. President Abraham Lincoln ended slavery when he signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. Thats over two hundred and forty four years of costless labor. I think its say to say that our country has mastered to art of oppression. The United States government human injustices didn’t stop at racial bias. Women’s and LGBTQ also have a history of oppression. This quarter I was grateful to study about many Asian American and Women’s
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The oppression of Asians in America was first written into legislation with the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 that barred the Chinese from migrating to America and prevented them from becoming American citizens. Omatsu states that 1969 represented a turning point for Asian Americans. This was the birth of the San Francisco State student led strike. The demands were simple, “Students, faculty and community activists demanded equal access to public higher education, more senior faculty of color and a new curriculum that would embrace the history and culture of all people including ethnic minorities.” Students protested five months, the longest in United States history, for an Ethnic Studies program and reconstruction of the education system. Omatsu believed the strike gave Asian American youth a voice for the first time. Asian American’s were living under the stigma of the “model minority.” This was the first time the young Asian Americans broke the mold of their oppressor to demand equality and representation in education. Omatsu suggests that people are locked within four mental prisons, “history as identity, history as developing current norms and repressive confinement, society, and the …show more content…
Her status as a Black women places here in a peculiar place in society. “That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain 't I a woman? Look at me!” Here Sojourner Truth is explaining that the experience of a Black woman can 't be compared to that of a Black man or white woman. She establishes that being a Black woman is an entity in itself and definitely stands alone.
The history of movements on thes county has taught me to always concern myself with the human rights of all minorities and marginalized people. The power of Asian American people and women to demand documented civil rights written into governmental law has allowed many many human and civil rights that I may not acknowledge. Their struggles continues to reshape our country today and I could only hope to actively cause much needed change in the United States as they

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