The widespread prejudice in the United States has a detrimental effect on many different American groups, including Colombian Americans, who are just one of those groups. Many academic works have investigated the racial impacts on this community; two that stick out are “When the Sandinista regime ended in 1990, and the Contra war fizzled” and Indigenous Americans Became Red: Racism as Justification for Exploitation of Native Americans by Randall V. Dodge. Many academic works have investigated the racial impacts on this community. In this essay, we will compare and contrast these two works, analyzing how they complement each other to cast light on the racist and discriminating problems in Colombian America.
Comparison and Contrast
According to the findings, “When the Sandinista regime ended in 1990, and the Contra war fizzled”, Colombian Americans were affected by the Cold War, particularly during the conflict between the Contras and the government. On the other hand, the research conducted by Dodge investigates how prejudice affected Native Americans and how that prejudice was used to justify the group’s mistreatment.
“When the Sandinista regime ended in 1990, and the Contra war fizzled”, states how the Contra conflict impacted Colombian Americans. In contrast, research by Dodge concentrates on how Native Americans were mistreated. While Dodge investigates the historical origins of prejudice against Native Americans, “When the Sandinista regime ended in 1990, and the Contra war fizzled “explores how government and popular narratives about Colombian Americans influence public opinion.
Both of these perspectives highlight the significance of racism in the United States as an instrument for societal control and separation. In addition, they investigate the part that the government and the media play in perpetuating discriminatory beliefs and attitudes.
Strengths and Weaknesses
One of the contributions of the research is an investigation into how the portrayal of specific topics in the media influences the opinions of Colombian Americans. The primary emphasis of this research is on the media’s role in disseminating racial stereotypes. This research is especially pertinent given the prevalence of false news and social media in today’s world. The study also investigates how the Cold War impacted Colombian Americans, a demographic that has received relatively little attention in the academic literature.
Dodge’s investigation into the origins of anti-Native American prejudice is very enlightening. The findings demonstrate how classifying Native Americans as “savages” and “uncivilized” helped legitimize their treatment as second-class residents and even their deaths at the hands of European colonists. It provides a fresh perspective on the justifications for discrimination against racial and ethnic minorities offered in the United States in the past.
The research “When the Sandinista regime ended in 1990, and the Contra war fizzled” is insufficient because it concentrates exclusively on the conflict between the Contras and the Sandinistas. The study offers valuable new insights into Colombian-Americans’ experiences during the match, but it does not address prejudice in and of itself. Because Dodge only studies Native Americans, his research is limited in its scope and therefore suffers from the same flaws. This study does not include an examination of any other ethnic or cultural groups that are found in the United States.
Issues for Further Research
More research is required to understand the effects of discrimination on Colombian Americans fully. Future research might investigate how different depictions of this group in the media fall into the larger framework of prejudice. It is necessary to conduct additional research into discrimination’s effects on other societies in the United States, such as the Hispanic and Latino communities.
The findings of this study might have repercussions for a society that is difficult to predict. They emphasize how vital anti-discrimination and anti-bias legislation are in today’s society. Legislation promoting racial diversity and understanding is particularly critical in education and the media. Legislation can be used to challenge preconceived notions and prejudices that contribute to the perpetuation of discrimination against Colombian Americans and people from other countries. It is possible to teach tolerance and understanding in the classroom. The media can do the same by presenting more detailed depictions of people of different ethnicities and countries. It is possible to reduce the salary disparity between Colombians and Americans by implementing policies that broaden the range of opportunities available to both populations. These steps include increasing funding for public organizations in low-income neighbourhoods and providing more people access to inexpensive housing, healthcare, and job-readiness training. In addition, these steps call for increased funding for public organizations in low-income neighbourhoods.
In conclusion, it is essential to emphasize that discrimination is a significant issue that impacts various communities in the United States, including Colombian Americans. Discrimination in the economy, housing, and healthcare, as well as surveillance based on race, are all examples of bias. Consequently, some people may be included, and others may need more access to resources. Controlling and fighting all forms of prejudice is crucial to guarantee a more just and fair society. Fairness, tolerance, and having a lot of different things to choose from are all values that can be promoted by passing laws and projects. Promoting tolerance and understanding through tremendous respect for other cultures and groups can also benefit from initiatives for cultural involvement, media depiction, and instruction. We can work toward a more equitable and prosperous community for all people if we can recognize and combat prejudice.
Dodge, R. V. (2022). Indigenous Americans Became Red: Racism as Justification for Exploitation of Native Americans. Journal of Indigenous Research, 10(2022), 4. file:///C:/Users/Hp/Downloads/columbian%20americans.pdf