By the mid-twentieth century, the European immigrant groups described in Week One had combined to form a White racial majority in the United States. Today, Blacks, Indigenous Americans, Asians, Hispanics, and non-white Europeans interact with the White majority in a system of race that can be broadly described as comprising Whites and non-whites, Whites and racial minorities, or Whites and people of color. While unique ethnic groups share a culture in which ethnic conflict is present, including pressures to assimilate, the broader culture also celebrates the unique culture of many ethnic groups in America.
Write a paper in which you evaluate a selected major ethnic group in the United States. Please, elaborate on the following points in your essay:
- Select and describe one of the following ethnic groups:
- Black Americans
- Hispanic Americans
- Asian Americans
- Indigenous Americans
- White Americans
- Examine the history of this group in the United States, including the following:
- Contact with other ethnic groups
- Assimilation or pluralism, and its connection to the group’s contact with other ethnic groups
- Conflict with other ethnic groups
- Provide an example of a widely-held myth or misconception about this ethnic group. How do we know this is a myth? Why is this myth so difficult to abandon?