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Tekst som beskriver amerikanske minoriteter og deres levestandard. Jeg har fokusert mest på indianerne, men det er likevel en stil om minoriteter generelt.
The United States of America is a big country. The size is about 3.618.000 km2. And it has 50 different states and one district. It lives A LOT of people there. And it is so much variety between the people. If you stand in a street in a normal city, you can hear so many different languages, and see so many different nationalities and faces. But that’s what America is all about. Anyone can come and start a new life here, in this big country of dreams. But is it true? Can anyone come to USA, disregarded how they look, and start a new life? I Doubt it.
In the USA it lives 74 % white, 12 % Afro-Americans, 9 % Latin Americans, 3 % Asians, and 0,8 % Indians, or Native Americans as they are sometimes called. But do all of them have the same rights? Can all of them do the same things? Is the American Dream true? Everyone knows its not.
The Afro-Americans experience racism every single day. It is the same with the Latin Americans, the Asians, and the few Indians that are left. If a black man goes across the street, he will probably get nasty looks from at least two or three white people. “Oh my, it is one of them! Maybe he is going to rob me! I better hide!” This could be taken right out of an elderly woman’s mind. She can look rather cute and innocent, but sometimes, - and often is it, the elderly who can be the worst. Some of them can be very narrow-minded at times. Many of them still think all Japanese people are bad after World War 2, and the men who was in the Vietnam War, often have so much hatred against the Vietnamese that they don’t know what to do with them selves.
“What are YOU looking at?! You don’t belong here!” Comments like this are normal to the minorities. Even so, it stings getting a comment like that! Nobody likes to be called by names. It is dreadful, and it hurts. A lot of the minorities has learned to live with the condescension. They just ignore the comments, and the hatred. There can not be a place where everyone likes everyone. There will always be a person who dislikes another, and there will always be hatred.
The Indians in the USA are a special minority. They are The Native Americans, and nothing can change that. Many Indians acts like any other US citizen. They work as any other person. They are lawyers, farmers, shopkeepers, doctors and so on. They have been pushed around for hundred of years, and they have learned to fit in to the society, - act like anyone else, and disappear in the crowd.
Even though many of The Native Americans lives a happy life, it is not all of them. Some of them still live in the reservations that they where put in many years ago. And several of these reservations aren’t exactly beautiful. They have a low economical standard, and the Indians who live there are poor. They do not have so much education, and they just don’t live a very good life. Many of them have become depressed, and some have even developed alcoholism as a cause of this. It seems like they are in a mean circle. They can’t (or won’t) get out of it. It has been like this for hundreds of years, and maybe they think it is suppose to be like this,
Of course, these aren’t all the reservations. Some of them are actually in a pretty good shape. The Indians who lives there are happy with their lives, and they are pretty satisfied with the way things are. They get good homes, nice friends and so on. I can say the same thing about the elderly people. Not all of them are racists, and hates the Japanese, but some do, and it is still too many, as it is still too many Indians who live a bad life in the reservations and it is still to many Afro-Americans, Latin-Americans and Asians who experience racism everyday. It shouldn’t be like that. Everyone should live a happy and peaceful life in the USA. In the End, it is still The Country of Dreams.
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