Slide #1 In the past, America as with many countries in the worldwas once a place where Racism was common. America is andhas been on a move. Its move is knocking down “walls andbarriers” of intolerance and un acceptance in society. Withthese barriers coming down America is becoming a more openculturally. Now with a recognized motto as the land of thefree and home of the brave, you would think that anyone whowould come here is not the case. Yet we are on the verge ofending this unnecessary discrimination with our progressingedification that we are all the same.Slide #2 Q:What is Race? A:Race by definition is “b. an arbitrary classification ofmodern humans, sometimes, esp. formerly, based on any or acombination of various physical characteristics, as skin color,facial form, or eye shape, and now frequently based on suchgenetic markers as blood groups.” I prefer the definition in thedictionary that says Race is “any people united by commonhistory, language, cultural traits, etc”. So let me ask you this? Wouldn’t we all be of the samerace? American. I mean don’t we all go to similar schools,live in the same neighborhoods, have the same goals, speak thesame language?Slide #3 America has always been see as a land of freedom andopportunity. Yet has that always been the case? No, not unlessyou were “pure white”. Why is that?Slide #4 Native Americans were the original inhabitants of America.They met and greeted the pilgrims with open arms as peacefulpeople. They were greeted with discrimination, sickness,bloodshed. The first true genocide. They were seen asheathens. It’s ironic though don’t you think? The pilgrims
came here to escape persecution and inadvertently persecuted theIndians here.Slide #5 The Revolutionary War was fought in order to gain “freedom”and “independence” from the British, who ruled. America won thewar, and with that freedom they imported even more slaves, andtook more land from the natives. The Declaration ofIndependence was written as well, stating, “We hold these truthsto be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that theyare endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.That to secure these rights, governments are instituted amongmen, deriving their just powers from the consent of thegoverned. That whenever any form of government becomesdestructive to these ends, it is the right of the people toalter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, layingits foundation on such principles and organizing its powers insuch form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect theirsafety and happiness.” Which is ironic since everyone that wasnot of true English descent was not viewed as a man or really ahuman.Slide #6 Abraham Lincoln once said, “We are not enemies, butfriends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may havestrained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mysticcords of memory will swell when again touched as surely theywill be by the better angels of our nature.” The Civil War was fought in order to stop the onset ofslavery in the North, not to “Free The Slaves” which is whatapparently occurred. Yet even with their freedom were theyreally free? Did they receive the same recognition and rights asothers have when they fought for their independence? I don’tbelieve so. As well the statue of liberty was presented to America inrecognition of its Abolishment of slavery. The concept wascreated by Laboulaye, an ardent supporter of the Union in theAmerican Civil War, he’s quotes as saying, "If a monument should
rise in the United States, as a memorial to their independence,I should think it only natural if it were built by united effort—a common work of both our nations."Slide #7 The Statue of Liberty says; "Give me your tired, your poor,your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretchedrefuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door." I’vepersonally never seen a sub context where it states exactly whomits talking to. It is speaking to everyone.Slide #8 IRISH NEED NOT APPLY. When America experienced itsIndustrial Revolution, and a huge migration of people toAmerica, The statue of liberty on Elis island was a symbol oftheir arrival to a new world and life’s. Yet the people whoimmigrated here were discriminated against, and disrespected,treated as thought they were unwanted.Slide #9 During world war 2, Yes we went to Germany to end theoppression/tyranny/eradication of the Jewish people. Yet back athome we placed the Japanese into “concentration camps”, and werenot looked at again as equals. How is that fair or eventolerant? As well we were trying to say that people should betreated fairly, yet the Military was segregated, and even theMarine Corp. did not allow people of color to even enlist. Whereis the equality there?