Xenophobia in the USA

I really don’t know how to start this blog entry off but I will try my best. I think that this week brings up some interesting issues we have in this country about minorities and fear. After major events in the USA, the powers that be made life harder for people who were not White people. In the early days of English colonization, Native Americans were the biggest obstacle and they were “dealt” with. After Nat’s Turner’s Rebellion, African Americans were treated as criminals before due process. Whites had to supervise gatherings, Black people could not carry guns or own dogs in some areas, and could not read or write. During the surge of immigration during the late 1870s, Irish, Chinese, and many other people from the east were not welcomed and discriminated against. After the Civil War, African Americans and Native Americans were targeted again I.e KKK and Indian Wars. In the 1940s, the Japanese and communists were attacked after Pearl Harbor. In the 1960s, Hippies, African Americans, feminists and liberals were attacked. In the 1980s, Gays were attacked and suspected of having Aids. Now, Muslims are being attacked after 9-11.

In this country people of color or people that are just different are always targets. Our Media makes it convient to blame non-Whites for our poor security issues. However, in cases where are mutiple terror attacks carried out by White individuals such as Newtown, Columbine, Aurora and Eliot Rodgers’ rampage in San Diego, White people are not collectively punished. Things must change but they probably won’t.

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