Webster’s dictionary defines ethnocentrism as “The tendency to evaluate other groups according to the values and standards of one’s own ethnic group, especially with the conviction that one’s own ethnic group is superior to the other groups.” When first reading this definition, one would naturally agree that ethnocentrism does exist in our world and society, often confusing it with patriotism. However, many do not realize that ethnocentrism is, has been, and continues to be a leading cause for violence in America. Different ethnic groups such as African Americans and Native Americans have suffered through years of violent crimes against them because of the white man’s ethnocentric views of themselves when compared with other races and cultures. Ethnocentrism began to develop in America long before we were officially a nation.
When Europeans first came to America and had their initial encounters with the Native Americans, the Europeans were so surprised about how different the Natives were. Their differences in language, dress, and skin color made them doubt that the Native Americans were even human. Stemming from this notion, the Europeans eventually began to consider the Natives as the “other” and felt that they were more civilized than the “others.” Ameri go Vespucci wrote that the Native Americans were “worse than heathen; because we did not see that they offered any sacrifice, nor did they have a house of prayer.” Consequently, these feelings of the Native Americans being regarded as “heathens” led to the first ethnocentrism in America, that of the superiority and glorification of the white race and culture. Throughout the history of our great nation, over and over again, the white man has bullied the Native Americans. They have ultimately been pushed off land that originally belonged to them and been allotted meager portions of land to live on which the government (run by the white man) has felt that they have little use for (reservations).
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Looking passed the fact that the Native Americans have been stripped of their land, these feelings of white Ethnocentrism throughout America’s history has also caused great violence against the Native Americans, massacring them time and time again and diminishing their population to only a minute percentage of what it once was.
For example, in the final defeat of the American Indian in 1890, known as the Massacre at Wounded Knee, nearly 300 Lakota men, women, and children – old and young – were massacred in a highly charged, violent encounter with U. S. soldiers because the soldiers incorrectly perceived a ritual ghost dance as a war dance. Native American corpses of men, women, and children laid still and lifeless in the dirt on that cold December night all due to the ethnocentric beliefs of the white man. The Native Americans only cover chapter 1 of white supremacy and ethnocentrism as a means of breeding violence in America throughout its history. When the Native American’s did not work as slaves for the white settlers because of their lack of immunity to European diseases, they needed to resort to other options.
They could not use their own indentured servants from their homeland because the indentured servants were white, just as were the settlers. This being the case, the settlers found it a very perfect idea to import blacks from Africa and the Caribbean to work for them on their farms and plantations. Once again, white supremacy prevailed. The blacks were thought to be inferior by the whites because they were different and “heathens.” They were forced into hard manual labor and were regularly whipped if they did not do what they were told. Women were force-bred to create new generations of forced laborers. Even after slavery was outlawed, white ethnocentrism in America still prevailed.
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White supremacist groups, such as the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), were formed. They took pride in the racist and essentially ethnocentric ideas and African Americans saw the brunt of these attitudes. The KKK’s main goal was to rid America of blacks as a whole. Throughout the latter part of the of the 19 th century and the first half of the 20 th century, African Americans were discriminated against, beaten, and had violent crimes committed against them by whites primarily do to these ethnocentric ideas. In 1919, in Oklahoma, racial tensions were high after a number of rapes of white women by black men. Will Brown, a black man was on trial for one of these rapes when suddenly the courthouse was attacked by a mob of racist whites.
The building was set on fire and authorities were forced to give Brown up. He was shot over 1, 000 times. This is only one of countless stories of blacks being killed in America because of racist ideas held by whites. The saga of white ethnocentrism in America does not even end with violence against African Americans. Throughout our history, Asian Americans, Hispanics, and other immigrants have had countless acts of violence committed against them.
And why does this go on? Because these groups are different from the original European settlers that came to this land over 500 years ago. Many whites still have these ethnocentric ideas that they are superior to other races and cultures that exist in America today, and that is why the violence still exists today. Our society is breeding more and more violence daily. The media enjoys bringing violence into our homes and lives everyday because it is good for their ratings and sales. We as a society are becoming more and more desensitized by seeing violence and this is making people seeing it as a norm in our society, which only encourages it more and more. We must work together as a society to make changes to this today, so that we can make a more tolerant and safer America for our tomorrow..
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