America, a place that continues to say there is freedom for all people, seemed to fail in that aspect in the past and continues to do so today. There are obvious examples of this throughout American history that are blatant and revealed in history books throughout middle school, high school, and even college, but what I find hard to believe is the amount of events that are left untold.
A perfect example came up in the reading from Ngai’s “Impossible Subjects.” Filipinos originally came to this country and were accepted more widely among Americans than the many African American men and women that were apart of this country. However, after a while, they too began to be ostracized. Whites in America tried to find a way to push the Filipinos out of the United States permanently, only allowing American citizens to reenter the country. The catch behind this scenario was only whites could be considered citizens in this time period.
This is something that I personally didn’t know before reading Ngai’s book. Sure we know of the big acts of racism within this country such as slavery and the Jim Crow Laws. We continuously talk of the impact that the Civil Rights Movement and the impact that black activists such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm had on racial equality, but we fail to examine the injustices that killed people like Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner. We fail to stop unreasonable violence against blacks like the recent events on UVA’s campus dealing with Martese Johnson.
History books will probably never mention the increased racism that has occurred over the past 3 years in America, but these cases resonate with the idea that this country is still very racist. Minorities are still being wrongfully killed by whites, and the same whites are arguably being protected by laws meant to protect us all. So even though we may not be as racist as Hitler’s Germany or some of the other notable racists mentioned, we need to assess ourselves as a country once again to really determine the amount of racism that still resides among us.