Followed the Civil War
In the decades that followed the Civil War, political policies did not promote diversity and the melting pot despite strong prejudices of a few. That is because according to the1 1890 report by the United States census bureau, there were approximately 6,337,980 negroes, 956,989 mulattoes, 105,135 quadroons, and 69,936 octoroons. Furthermore, the white race had mixed parentage. However, that idea faded away in the 1930s` census (Schultz & Kevin, 2018. That is because only the individuals that had Negro blood were counted as Negroes while they ignored the concept of mixed parentage. Also, Indians were identified by their tribes instead of ancestry. Asians, on the other hand, were developing a home in the United States so that they could enhance their recognition. The purpose of this paper is to examine the promotion of diversity within the United States after the Civil War.
The definition of various groups by the United States` government official classification system created divisions in those groups. It achieved that by assigning people into different groups according to the established ethical systems (Harjo,1996). The process was utilized by the dominant group deciding where certain individuals should go and what they should get. Also, the process determines whether an individual is allowed in the United States, ownership of property, as well as the acquisition of citizenship and marriage issues. The official classification system also determined some particular roles and rights such as joining the fire brigade, attending school, voting, and the type of medical care that a specific individual received.
The racial classification categories that were created by this system had an adverse impact on employment and admittance into tertiary institutions. That consequently led to imbalances in the social, political, and economic well-being of the nation and also impoverishment increased. Through the use of racial classification, the dominant group failed to consider the fact that the groups that were formed could make use of the shared similarities in improving their impecuniousness. That is evident through an examination of the political policies in the history that failed to promote diversity because of strong prejudices of a few.
For instance, the racial discrimination within the United States government experienced significant transformation systems of classification as well as their ranking criteria. A close examination of these systems shows the connection between inequality and classification. That resulted in attempts by the political parties in encouraging different policies. For example, the Mulattos were used as a means of initiating deconstruction in the United States. That concept was later revised by the court decisions and state-levels which consequently led to the one drop of blood laws (Finkelman, 1993).
Most black Americans were usually referred as negro or mulatto during the early twentieth century despite the fact the lineage of such people was still defined. Although some of the African American people portrayed some differences regarding their skin color, such was considered as a minuet. In the 1869 data collected by the United States Sanitary Commission, the black population was divided into full blacks and mixed races while the whites were separated into soldiers, sailors, and students (Abu-Laban & Lamont, 1997)). The mulattoes dominated the black population regarding numbers and influence because they had a more elevated status.
White people in this period endeavored to make sure that the African American people remained in some form of slavery. Individuals with opposing arguments may think that was a valid view considering the political policies in that era, but Jim Crow is a policy that did not contribute to the wellbeing of the financial stability of the United States and all of its occupants. Several significant damages have been experienced in our society due to the impact of Jim Crow. Such effects have not only affected African American but also the entire nation. My current life has been significantly altered and shaped by history because some practices are still being shown today financially at work. For example, for an African American female to move upward in some companies, she has to work twice as hard as females from the white population.
In conclusion, political policies in the decades after the Civil War generally did not promote diversity and the melting pot. Even though there are attempts by some individuals and organizations to revive and achieve fair treatment of all people, political policies and objectives have always been maintained to make sure that some specific groups are kept dominant at the top level. As such, history will continue to be repeated unless a change occurs from today`s classified group.