The Importance Of Ethnicity In Not Everyone Is Chosen

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Embarking on a new journey is driven by hope, hope that you will find love, refuge, a chance to start over, to live out your dreams, to get a better job and education. Hope motivates us to get out of bed each morning and be the best we can be. Hope is what brought our ancestors here all those years ago and what still inspires people to immigrate from all over the world to live out the American dream. In Not Everyone is Chosen, Waters shows that each wave of immigrants experience different challenges depending on the race and ethnicity. Modern immigrants differ from their family dynamic, society comfortability and their wealth and knowledge. Their human capital plays a fundamental role in their transition since that is what showcases their …show more content…
It’s begun to be common for non-whites to pass as whites in order to gain a better job and living situation. Unlike nonwhites, White people have the option to not claim any ethic identity because they are the majority. Researches have found that parents simplify their children ancestry to just a single ethnic group as opposed to multiple. Waters has discovered that the present day generation maintain an symbolic ethnicities, symbolic traditions from this ethnicity reestablished for amusement and joy. African-Americans are forced to identify themselves as blacks even though they may have other various ethnicities of both European and Native American decent. Whites tend to hold onto a certain ethnicity because it makes them feel unique using symbolic ethnicity they are able to attune in a similar community. Unfortunately for black college students they are forced to deal with prejudice and racism during a process where they are trying to find there identities. Black students tend to pull together for both their ethnic backgrounds and discrimination from …show more content…
Upon entering the U.S. black immigrants have an option in whether they want to be perceived as black americans or maintaining the ethnic background of their native land. Even though first-generation black immigrants are feeling a constant tension choose to identify as black they normally tend to separate themselves from American blacks in order to preserve their national origins. This decision adds to the growing tension between foreigners and natives, the immigrants feel they are more family oriented, determined, diligent and not as focused on racism compared to the American born. While the natives feel the immigrants are aloof, narcissistic and naive when it comes to race and politics going on throughout the country. The foreign blacks feel white people like immigrants more then black americans so when there children start to straight line assimilation and begin to be more custom with modern society they fear they are loosing their advantage. These parents are worried of their children being influenced by mainstream America and developing into black americans so they stress the importance of their ethnic identities in order to have social mobility. Black immigrants feel as if they have an advantage over Black Americans one they wish not to jeorpodize in the generations that follow so

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