Racism against Native Americans in the U.S.
The article found for the subtopic talks about the prevalence of racial discrimination within the U.S. According to the article, it is estimated that 1 out of 4 Americans encounters racism (Lee, et al. 2019). The prevalence of racism affects Native Americans who originated from North America. In recent times, racial discrimination has affected indigenous groups in the U.S. For instance, uttering racial sentiments to Native Americans is a form of racial discrimination that requires reforms. Indigenous groups in the U.S. suffer racial discrimination from under-age children such as high school students. In this article, however, findings note that Native Americans encounter racism significantly more than other groups.
There is a popular song which talks about racism in the U.S. known as “What Made the White Man Red” by Peter Pan released in 1953. The content and video of the song are stereotyped to highlight the racial challenges of the natives face in the U.S. (Waln, 2016). The animation in the song attracts a wide range of sentiments from other communities. Other communities perceive the song as racist due to the stereotyping adopted in its visuals. Moreover, the lyrics of the song has led to national controversies across the U.S.
There are numerous factors that determine success in a friendship. Racial discrimination is a threat of friendship as it creates animosity among different communities. For people to develop long-lasting relationships as friends, they require mutual respect (Lee, et al. 2019). For instance, white nationalist students could have avoided a confrontation with a Native American man; if they had respect for other communities.
“…What made the red man red?, What made the red man red?, Let’s go back a million years, To the very first Injun prince, He kissed a maid and start to blush, And we’ve all been blushin’ since, You’ve got it from the headman, The real true story of the red man, No matter what’s been written or said…” (Waln, 2016).
Conflict theory provides an analysis of racism with respect to discrimination in the United States. The conflict theory uses history to determine the cause of social conflict in a community. “What made the red man red?” is an illustration of a deep conflict amongst minority groups in the U.S. For instance, the song was released in a period when the African-American community was phasing out slavery (Lee, et al. 2019). In this period, moreover, Native Americans were also suffering from a lack of social recognition by majority groups. The history of racism in the U.S. began during the late 19th and 20th centuries (Waln, 2016). The conflict theory was rampant among settlers who owned large plantations. Similarly, indigenous communities in Australia face racism which leads to instances of suicide. “What made the red man red?” illustrates the significance of conflict theory among Native Americans.
The conflict theory describes the social conflict among different individuals or communities. Racism against Native Americans illustrates a conflict which traces its history back to the slavery period. Hate speech against indigenous communities is common in social media platforms where people attack each other negligently (Waln, 2016). Friendship is a long-term solution that can liberate minority groups from racial discrimination. Friendship would solve racial discrimination by fostering friendship love among different people from different communities. According to “What made the red man red?” racial discrimination is a vice that can be solved using socially-acceptable solution.
Lee, R. T., Perez, A. D., Boykin, C. M., & Mendoza-Denton, R. (2019). On the prevalence of racial discrimination in the United States. PloS one, 14(1), e0210698.
Waln, F. (2016, August 06). Retrieved July 11, 2019, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhDj-n3kSg4