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  • Debating Immigration Summary

    Portes and Zhou provide evidence for this claim with an ethnographic study of Punjabi Sikhs at Valleyside high school from 1980 to 1982 by M.A. Gibson (28). While Portes and Zhou’s evidence is focused on specific ethnic groups, Waters’ evidence focuses on a current misconception of the public: language assimilation. Waters reasons that “some linguistic assimilation can happen too rapidly” (240) and utilizes various studies done by other sociologists including Portes and Zhou that find a positive correlation between a second generation immigrant’s “fluent bilingualism and academic achievement” (240). These studies were all produced between 1996 and 2003, which is fourteen to twenty one years after the evidence Portes and Zhou utilized in their article. While Portes and Zhou provided specific evidence of the benefits of selective assimilation, Waters’ evidence on language assimilation can be associated with every second generation immigrant regardless of ethnic identity. Waters supported Portes and Zhou’s claim with recent, widespread evidence which overall strengthens the credibility of Portes and Zhou’s claim due to Waters’ benefit of…

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  • Hypocrisy In Angela M. Balcita's The Americano Dream

    Balcita goes over similar issues, though on a less broad scale. Using her father’s experiences of immigrating from the Philippines to the United States, Balcita creates an engaging and relatable picture of the subtle moments of integration, while also illustrating how the great American hypocrisy affects this transition. A great example of this comes from two paragraphs discussing her father’s first job at a blood bank. The job is temporary, as he’s trying to get official certification to be a…

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  • Sexism In Somalia

    When I would be in the presence of white Americans I saw women as free, and liberated. However, when I looked at my own culture I saw women as servants, and objects. This exasperated my insecurities of belonging to a culture that would treat young women like this. However, as years progressed I started branching myself away from the typical customs of how a Somali female would act. I soon asked for a divorce from my husband and started raising my children on my own. I did not care if my family…

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  • Jobless Ghettos Analysis

    ability to succeed as long as they work hard for what they want to achieve. This belief is known as “The American Dream”. Despite “The American Dream” being a hegemonic belief, in reality it is not true. Within the United States there are systems that uphold inequality. These systems of inequality make it difficult for certain groups of people to achieve the so-called “American Dream” no matter their abilities. Race/ethnicity is a category of difference that greatly effects one’s position in…

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  • The Harlem Renaissance Era Analysis

    There are many black writers who have been interested in the cause of the cultural emancipation of the African Americans. They also had a stand against the slavery system and the unjust American society. Resultantly, that Harlem became the sacred place of the Negro and the center of the black community in America. The Harlem community becames the center and the Godfather for African American people. Many stories of protest and struggle were written by writers and black critics, some of them…

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  • Pros And Cons Of Privilege In American Society

    People are very dynamic. From a surface level, the privilege of some is very obvious. But every person is privileged, as well as disadvantaged to some extent. I am an eighteen-year-old Black, heterosexual, female. I am a Christian and a citizen of the United States of America who grew up in the middle class. I possess qualities that show both privilege and disadvantages in American society. During the third week of class, a comprehensive list was made of what it means to be privileged in the…

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  • Female Slaves In The Plantation South By Deborah Gray White

    The women dealt with factors such as racism and sexism on a daily basis and saw no remorse from these men committing these acts of violence on them. She exclaims that women were given a false role, and they widely misrepresented in their life. These black women were trying so to keep the family afloat and together, and they were seen as arrogant. They were even said to be unhealthy towards black men due to their demand and order they would bark out towards their spouses. She exclaims that many…

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  • The Case For Reparations By Ta-Nehisi Coates

    In his article, The Case for Reparations, Ta-Nehisi Coates insists that “until Americans reckon with their compounding moral debts, America will never be whole”. He writes that after four hundred thirty-five years of racial injustice towards the African American community, the American government owes them. The slavery and slave-like conditions people were put in is something The United States should and will be ashamed of until the end of time. The horrific experiences and tragedies people…

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  • Analysis Of The Forest And The Trees By Allan Johnson

    A prime example for Johnson’s work includes the racial prejudices towards African Americans. (Johnson 2014) Many of the attitudes that are associated with these groups of people leave a negative stigma on them. Consequently, they are judged as a group instead of individuals. This then create a path of least resistance in society. According to the Johnson, “a path of least resistance is the path that consist of whatever behavior is expected of participants depending on their position in the…

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  • Model Minority

    While many point to Asian-Americans and ultimately Japanese-Americans as examples of successful minorities in America, the fact remains that although they may be prosperous in terms of economic stability, compared to that of other minority groups, they are nowhere close to equality. The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s played a major role in the transition of Japanese Americans views. Japanese and Chinese entrepreneurship as well as their high education rates were used as proof that colored…

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