Effects Of Racism On Assimilation For The African Immigrant

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Racism in the United States affects immigrants in so many ways. In the case of African immigrants, among other things, it interferes with the assimilation process. Most African immigrants do not experience racism in their home countries and therefore it becomes a culture shock for them to experience racism when they arrive in this country. Yetty Shobo made reference to this by stating that, "While many may have never experienced racism in their homeland, they are confronted with the starkness of this reality in their host country as their ascribed physical features may create additional obstacle in their quest for up0ward mobility" (Shobo, 2005). In most African countries the differences ...view middle of the document...

A Black African-born immigrant is automatically classified as being African American and therefore assimilates downwards to the level of the poor minority group of native-born African-Americans who are mostly descendants of slavery.
The level of education of Black African immigrants has does not seem to have the same effect on their earnings as seen with the general American population. The high education levels of African immigrants was referred by Charles Katende in his dissertation that, "Although much of the African immigration to the United States has occurred since the passage of the 1965 family reunification and refugee law, it has spawned one of the highest educated of all migrant streams to America (Katende 1994). Katende's point is that most African immigrants migrate to the United States with at least some college education which means their earnings should be generally higher than poor African American person but this is not the reality. As a result of racism, their educational attainment is not given the same recognition as the average American's. For some African immigrants, their degrees might not even be accepted...

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