Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Treatment of Non-US Citizens

As someone who has been very close to some non American citizens throughout my life I would have to agree with Mora that non American citizens should be treated just like any other citizen. That is the only true way to keep a person's dignity and to show respect. I have a very close friend who is a non US citizen and i asked them what they thought. They agreed wholeheartedly with the idea that they should be given the same rights as citizens as long as they were interacting with the US government.
Now there are plenty of people who would disagree. My problem with that is that there is very little distinction between cruel treatment and torture, and even when there is distinction it is very blurry and unclear. That is why neither should be allowed against anyone. No one deserves to be treated in such a way ever and if there was ever a country allowing any of that, I would hope the UN or the Geneva Convention would put some clear and distinct rules in place.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Japanese Internment

In 1942 the United States President, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order that allowed the military to give Japanese and Japanese-American citizens curfews, restrictions on where they were permitted and moving Japanese/Japanese American  citizens to where deemed necessary.  This turned into internment camps, where both Japanese and Japanese American citizens were held during World War II. This was, to the government, a way to ensure safety for Americans and to prevent sabotage or espionage. Even if the intentions were to keep the American people safe the government forgot that many of these people were also citizens. This act therefore failed by taking away the rights of citizens and breaking the constitution. This also was a large waste of money due to the government having to build camps and up the police system.

This also seems like an act of racism because no other group of people involved in WWII were subjected to this treatment. Then there is the fact that they discriminated against Japanese people instead of going after people who were actually communicating with Japan.

In conclusion Japanese internment was an overall mistake by the American government and is a dark stain on our history.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Reconstruction and Jim Crow

Reconstruction is believed to have started after the Civil War in 1863 and ended in 1877. At this time many African Americans were getting more rights but as soon as it ended so did the rights. After the reconstruction era there was Jim Crow laws. These laws kept african americans who could technically vote from voting and made segregation as we know it. There was push back though during WWII and from the growing membership of the NAACP. The main reason in WWII  for wanting to end Jim Crow is because without equality African Americans would be easier to corrupt with communism. Soon after that the supreme court ruled the Jim Crow laws unconstitutional. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is believed to be the complete end to the Jim Crow laws but Alexander (the author of the article we read) argues that there is still Jim Crow just in new ways and that are not as openly racist as before.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Racial Bribe

In America there were the rich and the poor. The poor included African American slaves and poor whites. In the beginning these two subgroups worked together and had started becoming welcoming to each other. That was true until the "racial bribe" was created. Soon privileges were given to poor whites and not the slaves to create a divide between the groups. These privileges included the whites having greater access to Native American land, parameters were set so free labor wouldn't conflict with slave labor, and the poor whites were allowed to police slaves through slave patrols. This ultimately created a job caste system based on race and split the two subgroups into their own sections. All of this was justified by whites by saying, like the native Americans, African Americans were uncivilized and generally lesser than whites. This means that by saying people who weren't white were uncivilized or savages they justified, at least to themselves, the wrongful treatment of other races.

Friday, January 20, 2017

IAT

The other day my class had to take implicit association tests and read some information on it. I found it interesting that even though people had biases it didnt mean they had prejudices just that they were raised in a certain environment. I also learned that I am an outlier in preferences towards able bodied people and disabled people. My test showed I had a bias towards disabled people when the majority of people had biases towards able bodied people. Now this might be because as the information we read said "we encourage people not to focus on strategies for reducing bias, but to focus instead on strategies that deny implicit biases the chance to operate." When I meet someone I don't immediately think "oh they're disabled." I try to think around that and not focus on it until it's brought up by them. I find it interesting that biases are just ingrained in some cultures because at some point the bias had to start somewhere but who knows truly where.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Welcome to my brand new US History blog! I hope you have good time!