Reasons to Integrate Ethnic Groups: Time for Change

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Cultural Diversity Between Ethnic Groups

People have been migrating to America for centuries, yet issues regarding immigration and the growing number of immigrants has many people puzzled and others angry. There has been debate over the pros and cons of letting foreigners move into our country, America. Some people should be more tolerant to the fact that America is not made of just white people, nor is our government ran by them.

Dumb Myths

  1. This is by far the dumbest myth I have heard about African Americans. My ex-roommate was racist and said that African Americans aren't human beings because they have an extra vertebra in their spines. HUH? This comment did not even earn a response from me.
  2. Middle Eastern Americans are stereotyped as terrorists, despite the fact that some of them might be Indian, Persian, or even Chinese. I have heard many people make biased comments that the Middle Easterners were coming to America to take over and destroy our country.
  3. The United States Government cannot afford to financially care for America, without having immigrants, taking part of America's money.
  4. Each country should take care of its own people. Americans should be worrying about other Americans.
  5. There are not enough jobs available for Americans, so we should not have to pay immigrants to work.

The Truth about Some Immigrants

I'm sure I can sit here all day and write examples, however the five myths I listed give a general idea about the ignorance and close-mindedness many people still view the world with. These attitudes are the reason racism and hate crimes are still present in this country. This is a sad shame because it is written in the Bible that we were "created in God's Image." There was no ethnic group or color specified in statement, but instead suggests that it applies to all people.

Over the years, I have accumulated various friendships with people from other countries. I have three friends from Nigeria, several acquaintances from Mexico and Puerto Rico, and know many people from India. In the time I spent building friendships with these people, I learned that they came to America for the same reasons we take for granted. They all wanted better lives for their families and a chance at financial independence. Two that are from Nigeria had little chance of being able to relocate to America, so when their names were chosen, they described it as being similar to winning the lottery. Some immigrants come to America to avoid exile and certain death. Certain issues, like war, can drive families out of their home countries in hopes of finding out the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. Or in their case, the world. Mexicans and Hispanics are excellent examples of foreigners who come here to make better money. They are willing to work in America for less money than American-born citizens would work for, and they still think they are doing better financially at that price than back in their home countries.

We Don't Have to Look the Same To Be Friends

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Smart Answers

1) The first dumb myth, as stupid as it sounded, proves that there are many ignorant people on this planet. I had to tell my ex-roommate, "Well, if black people aren't human because they have an extra vertebra, as you say, then that must mean you're not human either, because you are missing one of yours!" (previous back surgery for a ruptured disc). It does not matter what color our skin is, we all still have the same blood types around the world. A Chinese man's blood can save my life, just as an African American woman's could, too.

2) Middle Eastern Americans are not all terrorists, nor are they all from Saudi Arabia or from some other Middle Eastern nation exclusively. Their customs, similarity in skin color, and Americans' lack of knowledge make it difficult to distinguish someone who is Persian from someone who is Indian. The United States government wasted millions of dollars trying to find Osama bin Laden, waging war in other countries. Why don't they spend that money where it was needed? Which leads me into the next myth.

3) Immigrants or no immigrants has little bearing on the American government and how they have mishandled our money. The government has borrowed money from us Americans, the money we paid to secure our financial future. I now fear there will be no Social Security for retirees when it is my turn to retire. If that happens, what happens to all the money I did pay into Social Security?

4) People are people, no matter where they come from. We should be looking out for mankind, not just the ones who are most like us. Someday, we might need these foreign resources if America crashes and burns.

5) Why wouldn't American companies want to save money and hire foreigners? The economy is terrible right now, and many of these immigrants are willing to work for lower wages. This is helpful for businesses who are struggling to stay open.

Help Integration

We are not living in the 1950s anymore. Everywhere we look, we see people of all types, not just white Americans.

We should treat others as equals, despite where they came from.

Make it a point to talk to people who are "not from around here." Ask them where they are from and show an interest in their heritage. This is a huge step in bridging the gap between isolation and integration for immigrants.

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Comments 11 comments

HSchneider 5 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

Excellent analysis JenJen. This current immigration debate boils down to racism. These Mexican immigrants are coming here for better jobs. They are taking jobs most Americans refuse to do. Businesses hire them. What's the problem? The problem is they are darker skinned than the rest of us and speak Spanish. Get to know them. They are good people. The bad economy exacerbates these fears and then economics is used as the excuse to ban them. Your point about Arab Americans is well taken also. One should not lump all of these good people in with terrorists. The Oklahoma City bomber was a white ex-military man. Are we going to mistrust them? It is all ridiculous. Get to know people before judging them.


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JenJen0703 5 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

I agree with you 100%. I do not believe it is right for us to judge and show prejudice against anyone. We should be more worried about shipping out the pedophiles, murderers, and drug lords who are American from our country and bring in some honest, hardworking, good people. Look at the Mexicans! They have excellent, family-oriented lifestyles and I admire that. I could keep going on, but I won't....oh yeah, let's not forget culturally diverse cooking!! Mmmm...


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago

excellent hub. But we need to get the economy going! All of us need to get united...we recommend this site: www.myturn-yourturn.com


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icciev 5 years ago from Kuwait

very well written and interesting reading JenJen. thanks for sharing and voted up.


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JenJen0703 5 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

I agree, lord de cross, but how are we supposed to get this economy going when our government wastes so much money on stupid stuff...like finding Osama Bin Laden. I know he was wrong in what he did, but I also believe in karma. Look how much money we lost in the hunt for one man. Our government needs to step up and use our money the way it is supposed to be used, instead of wasting it. Integrating all cultures that are a part of America can help us to unite as a society.


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molometer 5 years ago

Great hub Jen, these dumb racists are everywhere. Everyone of us are immigrants in our ancestry. We all came out of Africa.

Some people just like to point of superficial differences to make themselves feel better about their own failings.

Voted up and buttons not funny


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RonElFran 3 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

Bottom line: people are people. None of us is a "type" of some ethnicity; we are individual persons with our own unique personalities and qualities. The moment we allow a person's ethnicity to color our view or expectations of them, we've moved into dangerous territory. Thanks for a good hub.


KW 3 years ago

what a load of it. This is nothing more then dressed up genocide of Northern European Americans. If immigration is so great why is it only being forced on Caucasian nations?

I take personnel offense that your definition of progress is for every racial group on the planet to have their own homeland except my people. That is all you all are, genocidal bigots.


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JenJen0703 3 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

I totally agree with you. People are people and should not be judged because of race or ethnic background. We all have to share this planet as peacefully as possible. Thanks for taking time to leave a comment! :)


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JenJen0703 3 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

It is unfortunate that you feel that way. We have no control over the future, do we? We have no control over what you are referring to in your statement, but I can guarantee, many things can be set up to look a certain way. I would trust foreigners before I would trust our good ole' U.S. governmhent. After doing a little research about 'targeted individuals', at the request of a friend, I was shocked to realize just how much our government can do to us, much of it undetected.

And, none of my foreign friends have caused a genocide. Some of them left their country under horrendous conditions from which they wanted to escape. They were grateful for a tiny spot in our country, where they could live productive lives without being in fear of being killed constantly.

I believe God created man in the likeness of Himself. The Bible doesn't specify 'white man,' but refers to man as 'all man.' The chances that Jesus was white are probably slim to none, just based on the Middle-Eastern area He was born in. He probably looked more Indian than he did Caucasian. That's just my personal opinion. He didn't judge and discriminate against anyone. Why should I?


Hines 22 months ago

Shoot, so that's that one sussopep.

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