Originally posted by @duchess64
Phranny's post is full of her characteristic muddled 'thinking' and ideological dogma.
Regarding her claim that native Americans ('Indians' ) and enslaved blacks are the only
non-voluntary immigrants to the USA, 'voluntary immigration' is less clear-cut than she believes.
In reality, many 'voluntary immigrants' fled their homelands on account of pers ...[text shortened]... ambodian
genocide of the 1970s be more 'stressed' than the distant descendants of black slaves?
1. Yes, many who have chosen to immigrate to the U.S. were/are fleeing horrendous situations. However, they are not forced to select the United States. Many Jews fled to countries other than the U.S. I do not mean to minimize their plight but clarify the difference. This fact in no way justifies their plight in the U.S.
2. Based on both Jim Crow laws and laws harming Native Americans, their plight in the U.S. is not ancient history. Jim Crow laws ended in 1968, 50 years ago. https://www.history.com/topics/jim-crow-laws.
3. Institutional racism exists in the U.S. and effects all non white residents in terms of housing, police harassment, education, employment, health care.
4. All non white groups in the U.S. face racism. some religious groups face discrimination and hate crimes. Obviously bad. My point is that Native Americans and blacks, whose relatives did not voluntarily immigrate here, are in a different category. Their history of genocide in the U.S. is not that distant. Slavery ended in 1865. A slave born in 1860 would have been 5 at emancipation. If they lived to be 95, a 9 year old Baby Boomer born in 1946 (now 72) could have met a 95 year old person born into slavery. I certainly recall events from age 5 which is when many of us started kindergarten.