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What Can The Average American Do?

Updated on March 17, 2013

The US goes all out when pointing fingers at other peoples of the world, yet very aptly forgets its own past, how it came to be a country the deplorable actions that it took against the indigenous to appropriate their land and in the way that it treats many of its own non-white or the non-elite people in society today.

Racism and ethnic discrimination in the land of the free (United States) has always been a major issue ever since the so called founding journey Christopher Columbus's undertook in 1492, leading up to the colonial era and the slave era.

There were stages of legally endorsed racism which imposed a heavy burden on the Native Americans whose lives were totally decimated by the self-professed advanced white race that took over the country, African Americans, Latin Americans and the Asian Americans all suffered the same fate. They continue to experience similar systematic inequalities in today’s society which takes on many forms.

Chomsky discusses the history of Racism in the United States, and dealing with xenophobia and the right.

The European Americans mainly the white people (mainly Anglo Americans) were favoured by law in matters of education, colonisation, voting rights, residency, land acquisition, and criminal procedures extending from the 17th century to the closing end of the 1960s.

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Racism and discrimination did not end on colour boundaries

Racism and discrimination did not end on colour boundaries it also included religious lines, many non-Protestant European immigrants, mainly Jews, Irish people, the Italians and any others that made it to the land of the free, suffered xenophobic segregation and other forms of discrimination in the American society. Just like the Muslims are facing today in America, being marginalised and mistreated, so much effort being expounded by many in the US to vilify the Muslims.

The US at the time had many racially and ethnically controlled establishments which included slavery, Indian Wars, Native American reservations, segregation, and incarceration camps.

All this official discrimination and racism lasted till it was banned in the mid-20th century, only then it dawned on the mainly white society which by now began to realise that racism and discrimination was socially unacceptable and morally repugnant. This realisation did not come easily and was not a self-induced acceptance but one that came about through many sacrifices made by those who were at the receiving end of the pain and anguish caused by their masters.

Yet we have not learned anything from the past as racial politics remains a major phenomenon, racism continues to be reflected in socio-economic disparity, taking on a more modern indirect form of expression. Racism and discrimination continues to occur in employment, housing, education, lending, and in government policies.

The difference today is that not only are the non-whites being marginalised and mistreated in many spheres of life, but it now also includes the working class white man and woman. This culminated in the forming of many movements similar to the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) and many of its off-shoots in other parts of the US.

Unfortunately these types of movement’s formed by the coming together of the average American, may it be the White, Black, Asian, Italian or other men and women has not changed the politics nor the living standards for the appropriately named ninety-nine percenters.

In the opinion of the US Human Rights Network, consisting of US civil rights and human rights organizations, "Discrimination permeates all aspects of life in the United States, and extends to all communities of color"

Discrimination against African Americans, Latin Americans, and Muslims is widely acknowledged. Members of every major American ethnic minority have perceived racism in their dealings with other minority groups.

In this climate where we as the society have not learned from mistakes of the past and continue unabated towards a goal of total failure –


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