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Who has been discriminated against in the US?Besdies tension and discrimination between...

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anthony-bitar | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 11, 2012 at 12:35 AM via web

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Who has been discriminated against in the US?

Besdies tension and discrimination between blacks and whites, what other ways has america divided people? In other words, who else was or is discriminated against? Make a list of three exapmles

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 11, 2012 at 1:30 AM (Answer #2)

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There have been lots of people who have been discriminated against.  You could say that we discriminate against gay people today.  We have discriminated against women by (among other things) not letting them vote.  We have discriminated against Asians by not allowing them to become citizens.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 11, 2012 at 3:50 AM (Answer #3)

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I agree that discrimination against gays is still a major problem, but I think each region also has its own groups that it discriminates against.  Since I am in California, it is usually Hispanics that are discriminated against because many people resent the illegal and migrant workers.

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 11, 2012 at 10:03 AM (Answer #4)

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There are many groups of people that could say they have been discriminated against in the history of our country.  Besides the excellent examples listed above one could point to the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII as a severe case of discrimination, and the Mormons have had some rough times in our country as well.  Really, just about any group that is new to this country could find some sense of discrimination if their case it thoroughly examined.

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tinicraw | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted October 11, 2012 at 3:04 PM (Answer #5)

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In the 1840's, a religious group called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were persecuted for their beliefs which forced them to settle in Utah in 1849. They were practising polygamy at the time that they applied for statehood, but they gave up that practice in order to be admitted as a state in 1896. Some fundamentalists still practice polygamy, but are not a part of the original or current church today. Those fundamentalists are still discriminated against, and members of the original church can be misunderstood and grouped with the polygamists. As with any group that meets with discrimination, they really are met with people who don't know all of the facts and judge individuals by the rumors or misunderstandings of a group.

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 11, 2012 at 3:20 PM (Answer #6)

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Native Americans have been discriminated against. Historically, this group has been marginalized both literally and figuratively. Whole nations of people were uprooted and forced to move across the continent. Some would say that the discrimination continues. 

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luiji | Student, Grade 11 | Salutatorian

Posted October 17, 2012 at 2:47 AM (Answer #7)

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In the early centuries of American history, Roman Catholics were discrimminated against.

America was founded by protestants fleeing from the Spanish Inquisition - or in other words, the Roman catholics. So there has always been a hate against Roman Catholics.

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luiji | Student, Grade 11 | Salutatorian

Posted October 17, 2012 at 2:49 AM (Answer #8)

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Also, there were many immigrants that were segregated against, especially in the 1920s.

If you want to know more about this, look up the 'eugenics movement', and look at the attached website.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 19, 2012 at 4:46 AM (Answer #9)

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Nearly everyone who has lived in the United States has been discriminated against in some place, some situation, some time.  Most religious groups have experienced prejudice, despite America's having been a land where people fled for religious freedom.  Even such well-meaning programs such as Affirmative Action cause others to suffer in the efforts to promote certain ethnic groups.  There never has, nor will there ever be perfect fairness anywhere, for it is not in the nature of human beings.

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bullbudder | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted October 21, 2012 at 7:33 AM (Answer #10)

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1) the latin or native american indians

2) poor poeple eg beggars

3)gay

4)blacks

5)not only people but the united states even segregates among countries and 

i ought not tell their names u knoe it

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rozmaka | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted October 29, 2012 at 12:39 PM (Answer #11)

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 Throughout American history numerous immigrant groups have been discriminated. The Irish were a group of immigrants that were treated very poorly. They lived in the worst areas of town, were given the poorest jobs and in many cases were treated worst that African Americans. The National Origins Act was also a piece of federal legislation that discriminated against immigrants based on their country of origin. This act gave preference to "preferred immigrants" and restricted the number of immigrants that were "undesirable," which generally referred to eastern Europeans. The Chinese Exclusion Act passed at the end of the 19th century also severely discriminated against the Chinese. Overall, numerous groups of people have been discriminated against in the course of American history.

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beautifulsunshine16 | Student, Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted November 2, 2012 at 1:30 AM (Answer #12)

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  • Gay
  • Skin color
  • illegal immigrants.
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frizzyperm | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted November 9, 2012 at 1:11 AM (Answer #13)

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I'd say that just about everybody has, except the rich.

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luiji | Student, Grade 11 | Salutatorian

Posted November 9, 2012 at 12:21 PM (Answer #14)

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I'd say that just about everybody has, except the rich.

Actually, frizzyperm, they have. During the Great Depression, one of Roosevelt's points under the New Deal was to tax the rich, so that they could give to the poor - a bit like Robin Hood.

He passed legislation that said everyone who earned over 5 million dollars a year had to pay 80% tax. This meant they were left with only one million - still a lot. But, the rich have been discrimminated against.

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gage2000 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 10, 2012 at 4:32 AM (Answer #15)

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Women in the 60's were not allowed to work and if they did work it was stuff like sewing,and cooking. Women later on in the 60's when finally able to work they could not do the same jobs as men. They even had seperate sections in the paper in want adds for women and then want adds for men.

Hippies or so call flower children in the 60's because they were a symbal of drugs, sex, and rock n roll. They dressed in vivid colors and had long nappie hair.

The black people got it the worst by being beaten if on the street to late or if they talked to a white woman they usually got murdered. Blacks today I feel are still being treated unfairly but not as bad as in the 50's and 60's.

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted November 11, 2012 at 9:24 PM (Answer #16)

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I'd say that just about everybody has, except the rich.

Actually, frizzyperm, they have. During the Great Depression, one of Roosevelt's points under the New Deal was to tax the rich, so that they could give to the poor - a bit like Robin Hood.

He passed legislation that said everyone who earned over 5 million dollars a year had to pay 80% tax. This meant they were left with only one million - still a lot. But, the rich have been discrimminated against.

Earning one million dollars a year in the 1930s is evidence of social discrimination?

I bet poor old Rockerfeller was sleeping in the street, hungry and getting beat up by the cops along with the blacks and chinese.

 

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luiji | Student, Grade 11 | Salutatorian

Posted November 12, 2012 at 8:15 AM (Answer #17)

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I'd say that just about everybody has, except the rich.

Actually, frizzyperm, they have. During the Great Depression, one of Roosevelt's points under the New Deal was to tax the rich, so that they could give to the poor - a bit like Robin Hood.

He passed legislation that said everyone who earned over 5 million dollars a year had to pay 80% tax. This meant they were left with only one million - still a lot. But, the rich have been discrimminated against.

Earning one million dollars a year in the 1930s is evidence of social discrimination?

I bet poor old Rockerfeller was sleeping in the street, hungry and getting beat up by the cops along with the blacks and chinese.

 

The definition of 'discrimination' from the Oxford dictionary:

The unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, esp. on the grounds of race, age, or sex.

While most people were paying only 4% in taxes, some none at all, the rich were getting taxed 80%. This is unjust, and it's discrimination.

True, I wouldn't complain about making 1 million a year, especially if it were during the Depression, but it still is discrimination.

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orthlefoxxe | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 28, 2012 at 2:42 AM (Answer #18)

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I agree that discrimination against gays is still a major problem, but I think each region also has its own groups that it discriminates against.  Since I am in California, it is usually Hispanics that are discriminated against because many people resent the illegal and migrant workers.

Is it true? I mean aren't the US legalize the same sex marriage that denotes that they already accepted gays and lesbians? [for clarification only]

 

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