Xenophobia In America

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Xenophobia is a tradition in America, often manifesting in public policies adversely affecting the targeted group. There were/are other ethnic groups that faced a nationalized form of xenophobia besides Latino Americans in the United States. Indigenous Indians; African-Americans; Italians; Germans; Chinese; and Japanese Americans were all faced with – sometimes government mandated – discrimination. Although African-Americans did not immigrate to America voluntarily, since their arrival via the Middle Passage into slavery, they have been stereotyped and sometimes depicted as a violent, depraved, hyper-sexed people. Such xenophobia became part of public lore, resulting in racialized laws formulated to keep blacks in their place – and away from …show more content…
Italian, Irish, and some Germans were targeted with strains of xenophobia in the U.S. In the 1880’s large masses of these Europeans immigrated to America; like the Chinese, many of the men were blue-collar workers who came seeking better opportunities. But they, too, were often accused of working for low wages, thereby suppressing wages. Thus, xenophobic campaigns spurred by largely non-ethnic whites often ensued. Italians were castigated as mafia members who were all susceptible to criminal behavior. The Irish were said to be drunks who did not want to work and wanted only to be on the public dole; Germans were characterized as being diabolical and to be born criminals, to name but a few pejoratives aimed at the Europeans of the time. *All of this help to fuel the passing of the Emergency Quota Act of 1921. The law restricted immigration in the U.S. to 3% of the number of residents already residing in their country of origin. It must be stated here, although European immigrants to America faced vile forms of xenophobia, unlike immigrants of color, they often hid their ethnicities, effectively softening the blow of discrimination, more easily assimilating into American …show more content…
The remainder: Central American or South American origin, or directly from Spain.*Latinos have been in the United States since the sixteenth century founding of Saint Augustine, Florida, by the Spanish. They are the oldest ethnic group here in the

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