Some identity groups have had to deal with hardships and persecution and contend with distrust and disapproval. Others have gained quick success in climbing the economic and political ladder. All have had to make significant adjustments to secure access to health care, work, housing, and political rights, which means coming to terms with dominant cultural practices and expectations within the community.
Understanding this journey sheds light on the issues and vulnerabilities faced by historically marginalized identity groups and provides greater understanding of the complexity of the United States.
Choose one of the following identity groups from the list below. You will analyze the historical background and treatment of that identity group within the United States and its current status with regard to social engagement and economic security.
- Native Americans
- African Americans
- Hispanic Americans
- Asian Americans
- White ethnic Americans
- Jewish Americans (as an ethnic and not a religious group)
- Arab Americans
- LGBTQ+ Americans