Racism and the Rise of Term Paper

Download this Term Paper in word format (.doc)

Note: Sample below may appear distorted but all corresponding word document files contain proper formatting

Excerpt from Term Paper:

Antiaffirmative action Proposition 209 in 1996 had a similarly divisive effect on the state's population. (Heikkila & Pizarro, 2002, p. 8)

The propositions do not welcome immigration, a commonplace occurrence on the official and unofficial level in California but attempt to force such immigrants to assimilate and follow the letter of the law in order to get ahead, and as for 209 sometimes that might not even be enough. (Clark, 1998, p. 28)

Immigrants to the United States have diverse national origins but it is the link with Mexico that defines much of the immigration process in the late 20th century. The United States is the predominant destination of immigrants from Mexico and Central America; as we have seen, most of those immigrants settle in California. Between 1980 and 1995 more than 3 million people migrated from Mexico to the United States. Two million of those, nearly 20% of Mexico's net population growth, came to California. In 1995 about 2 to 4 million of Mexico's 30 million workers relied on the U.S. labor market for most of their annual earnings (Martin, 1995). (Clark, 1998, p. 29)

Race is a divisive social issue that is often reiterated in the legal arena in this nation and is likely to be answered with the common American answer of economics. It costs to much to educate illegal immigrants and it costs to much (to the majority) to allow them to be given special treatment in employment and/or education, once again forming the eventual basis for reiterative powerlessness, such as is seen in race riots and other violence.

The strength of cultural diversity depends on the delicate balance of competing groups. The reaction to Proposition 187 can be viewed as a response to a perceived disturbance in this delicate balance and a consequent fear of divisions fueled by ethnic rivalry. The data on voting behavior also suggest that local Californian concerns about mass migration are at odds with national policies governed by diverse agendas, including civil libertarians' concerns about a national commitment to the role of the United States as a nation of immigrants, and big business's (especially agricultural interests) desire for open immigration as a continuing source for low-cost labor. (Clark, 1998, p. 177)

Though proposition 187 was blocked based on it being deemed unconstitutional the population in California voted it in by 59%. (Clark, 1998, p. 174) There is no real evidence that the proposition has changed the flow of immigration into California or the U.S. In a broader sense, especially since it was blocked. ("HUMAN TSUNAMI; California Reels," 2004, p. A01) the later legislation 209, removing affirmative action as a decisive force in the admittance decisions and hiring decisions in higher education, had a more limited effect but is also debated by both groups. The reasoning is that it is not helping the people it was intended to help and that it should therefore not be sanctioned to exclude other more qualified applicants, presumably white. "An emphasis on dominance is likely to do no more than replace one power broker with another, whereas an emphasis on cooperation may resolve future social and ethnic tensions." (Clark, 1998, p. 188)

Another example of racial division can be found in the national movement to designate English as the official language, first on the national level and then later, when that failed on a state by state basis, interestingly a consistent political tactic used by civil rights movements, (e.g. abolition of slavery, ERA, women's suffrage, the fight against Jim Crow laws and black suffrage rights and even universal suffrage by age 18). Each of these issues has been successfully made into federal constitutional law. At this stage the movement is having state successes across the nation, and will likely be voted on the federal level very soon, and excluding the ERA the historical success of this tactic will likely be proved once again on this issue. The website for the official movement, U.S. English www.us-english.org and the history of the movement itself is described in a historical manner in the following statement:

In 1983 Senator S.I. Hayakawa (D-Calif.), seeing the disaster that Canada's bilingualism had created and the newly legislated bilingual education efforts in the United States, founded the organization U.S. English. Its primary goal is to help the nation pass a constitutional amendment that will make English the official language of the United States. Hayakawa, born of Japanese parents in Canada, a naturalized American citizen, and a one-time professor of semantics, more than most knew the value of a common language. The proposed amendment reads: "Section 1. The English language shall be the official language of the United States. Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation." Given the predominantly liberal composition of the U.S. Congress in the 1980s and early 1990s, this proposed amendment never made it out of committee and thus neither the House nor the Senate could vote on it. (Schmidt, 1997, p. 121)

Schmidt goes on to explain that the force of the ideology behind the movement is consistent with the dominant cultural ideology of maintaining the U.S. As an English speaking nation, filled with English speaking people.

Determined multiculturalist opponents of U.S. English frequently and falsely accuse the movement of trying to legislate an "English only" law, meaning that the organization's members want to outlaw all languages except English in the United States. U.S. English has no such intent, as the proposed amendment clearly indicates. Its supporters only want to preserve the country's national unity through the use and retention of one common language. They also do not believe it is government's function to provide funds for bilingual education. If individuals want to learn a foreign language, they may certainly do so, but at their own financial cost. Neither U.S. English nor the proposed amendment has the slightest objection to any one learning more than one language. (Schmidt, 1997, p. 121)

Harkening back to the advice given by Thomas Jefferson, quoted at the beginning of this work the individual can see the issues at hand, as forcing assimilation, might make some people feel better in the line at the grocery store but does not respond well to the growing diversity of the nation.

As a point of conclusion, the U.S. Patriot Act, must be discussed, as it is a more modern representation of the ideas associated with the backlash to the multiculturalism and the open society of the U.S. The value of the act, went unquestioened as it was signed into law, because of the state of the nation, upon its enactment. The validity of the argument in this work is that the nation is comprised of countless diverse ideologies, oversimplified into the left and right. The hope with the Patriot act is that the middle ground is sought and its issues are adjusted and corrected as is necessary, a clear example of the manner in which the nation as a whole will find answers to the issues it finds most pressing, multiculturalism included.

Then came September 11, 2001, and we learned that a major reason why it occurred was that the FBI lacked various powers, its agents feared to act, the Department of Justice kept it on a fairly tight leash, and a fire wall existed between it and the CIA. The U.S.A. PATRIOT Act and several other measures that followed, as we shall see, removed many of these restraints. These acts corrected previous overcorrections to prior misconduct. In the process, authorities went too far in the other direction and they are being corrected yet again. To illustrate, following public outcry led by the ACLU and similar organizations, the Justice Department made important clarifications about the originally vague nature of military tribunals to try suspected terrorists. Similarly, Operation TIPS (Terrorist Information and Prevention System), which encouraged Americans to spy on one another, had such frightening implications that it was quickly scrapped. Also scrapped due to privacy concerns was the Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening System (CAPPS II), which would have allowed government officials to collect personal information about airline passengers in order to identify who may pose as a security risk. Surely, more adjustment will be needed in the future and will in effect take place daily, but we are groping for that middle ground rather than allowing extremists from either side to push us off the road. In the words of Laura Murphy, head of the Washington, D.C. office of the ACLU, "We're not asking for wholesale repeal of t


Clark, W.A. (1998). The California Cauldron: Immigration and the Fortunes of Local Communities. New York: Guilford Press.

Etzioni, a. (2004). How Patriotic Is the Patriot Act? Freedom vs. Security in the Age of Terrorism. New York: Routledge.

Gribbin, a. (2002, April 1). Iowa Makes English Official; Advocates Believe That English Is the Glue That Unites Social Groups and Nurtures Civic Responsibility. Insight on the News, 18, 29.…[continue]

Cite This Term Paper:

"Racism And The Rise Of" (2007, April 07) Retrieved October 25, 2016, from http://www.paperdue.com/essay/racism-and-the-rise-of-38780

"Racism And The Rise Of" 07 April 2007. Web.25 October. 2016. <http://www.paperdue.com/essay/racism-and-the-rise-of-38780>

"Racism And The Rise Of", 07 April 2007, Accessed.25 October. 2016, http://www.paperdue.com/essay/racism-and-the-rise-of-38780

Other Documents Pertaining To This Topic

  • Racism and Anti Semitism Is Racism and Anti Semitism

    Racism and Anti-Semitism Is Racism and Anti-Semitism still a Problem in the United States? The world has penetrated into the twenty first century, where the entire human race is surging ahead due to their magnificent and outstanding capabilities that have made the world a much better place to live. Even though people from all over the globe have immensely contributed to the development and growth on a broad spectrum, yet numerous social

  • Racism and Nationalism After 9 11

    Racism and Nationalism After Racism & Nationalism After 911 More than a decade after 9/11, a retrospective view of racism and nationalism in America might points to a reverse J-curve -- at least in the private realm of most people living in the U.S.A. Governmental and political reactions may still run at fevered pace, and some would say the devastation has been insidious, seeping far beyond the bounds of the attack zones.

  • Racism and Various Forms How Does an

    Racism and Various Forms How does an understanding of racism in its various forms inform the counseling professional practice? Racism is regarded as the negative feelings exercised by one ethnic group towards other individuals belonging form a different group. The brutality and attitude towards the group is observed in the behaviors and attitudes of individuals and members of certain group causing major issues in terms of their religious, social, color, or descent.

  • Racism in Australian Sports History of Racism

    Racism in Australian Sports History of racism in Australia Self-identity when approached from the concept of sociological perspective identifies it with a reciprocal relationship between the self and society. The influence of self to the society is through the actions of individuals, hence creating networks, groups, institutions and organizations. On the other hand the society has influence to self by its ways of shared language as well as meaning that makes one

  • Racism a Term Which Is

    The racism in the criminal justice system is noted by Schneider and Ingram (1993) to be a consequence of social construction of some members of the society that in turn has an influence on design, program implementation as well as institutional structure in a manner that clearly puts at a disadvantage some members of the society. The Sentencing Project (2008) indicated that racial disparity in the federal, state and local judicial

  • Racism by the Time Everything

    As Robillard points out, "Julian's cynicism shuts him off from any human association," (143). He has lost his family home due to the changes taking place in Southern society. The economic infrastructure that was supported by slavery has crumbled. Julian notes, "He never spoke of it without contempt or thought of it without longing. He had seen it once when he was a child before it had been sold."

  • Racism and Home Economics Author s

    In additon, there is the sustenance of a certain sense of uniformity in accordance with the economic accomplishments of the American society. Besides, given the continued electoral progress of the far-right parties that formally eschew anti-Semitism, and the lack of progress made by the radical, neo-Nazi or extremist groups that are often openly anti-Semitic, maintaining the distinction between these two types of groups (although the boundaries are occasionally blurred)

Read Full Term Paper
Copyright 2016 . All Rights Reserved