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The population of the United States is comprised of an increasingly diverse complex of cultures. In 1990 the US. population was 76% Anglo, 12% Black, 9% Latino, and 3% Asian. By the year 2050, these percentages are projected to be: 52% Anglo, 16% Black, 22% Latino, and 10% Asian. We cannot identify one distinctive "American culture." We have a constantly changing, inclusive multi-culture that encompasses a diverse population related to all of the peoples and nations on the planet. 

Despite the inclusion of a "Bill of Rights" in our Constitution, the people living in the United States have had to struggle with many controversial issues involved in sharing space and power. Persistent conflicts among groups in the United States have been associated with prejudice, exclusion, and discrimination as this country developed. Laws insuring the rights of diverse groups needing legal protection were passed only relatively recently, for example, civil rights (1957), desegregation of schools (1954), bilingual education (1968) and guaranteed equal access for the disabled (1975). Moreover, racist violence and abuse of human rights continue to be problems in all areas of the country today, threatening everyone's chance to live a fulfilling life. Learning to get along with persons of diverse backgrounds, needs and expectations requires commitment and effort on the part of all of us. 

From Multicultural Teaching, by Pamela L. Tiedt and Iris M. Tiedt

The following links are listed as resources in the battle to replace ignorance, prejudice and discrimination with knowledge, respect and acceptance. 


Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion:
People for the American Way
URL:
http://www.pfaw.org/

Anti-Defamation League
URL:
http://www.adl.org/

The Freedom Forum
URL:
http://www.freedomforum.org/


Multicultural Histories:
Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance Learning Center 
A comprehensive resource on the Holocaust and World War II.
URL:
http://motlc.wiesenthal.com/

Our Shared History: Celebrating African American History & Culture 
Journey to the Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement. 
URL:
http://www.cr.nps.gov/aahistory/

DuSable Museum of African American History 
America's foremost museum of African American history. Founded in 1957 by Dr. Margaret T. and Charles G. Burroughs on the south side of Chicago.
URL:
http://www.dusablemuseum.org/

David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies 
As a University-wide Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University
URL:
http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~drclas/

UFW: The Official Web Page of the United Farm Workers of America
URL:
http://www.ufw.org/

Mexican Embassy, Mexican History & Culture 
URL:
http://www.mexican-embassy.dk/history.html

Japanese American Relocation Digital Archives
A collection of finding aids, digital images, and electronic texts from the holdings of a number of California repositories. It includes photographs, documents, manuscripts, paintings, drawings, letters, and oral histories. 
URL:
http://jarda.cdlib.org/

Eastern Delaware Tribe 
URL:
http://www.delawaretribeofindians.nsn.us/

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee 
URL:
http://www.adc.org/index.php?id=119


Human Rights:
Human Rights Watch
URL:
http://www.hrw.org

Amnesty International
URL:
http://www.amnestyusa.org/

Tolerance
URL:
http://www.tolerance.org

Sierra Club
Human Rights & the Environment
URL:
http://www.sierraclub.org/human-rights/campaign.asp

Feminist Majority Foundation
URL:
http://www.feminist.org/

National Organization for Women
URL:
http://www.now.org

Women's Rights - Muslim
URL:
http://www.mwlusa.org/

UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund 
UNICEF, The United Nations Children's Fund, works for children's rights, their survival, development and protection.
URL:
http://www.unicef.org/

Human Rights Campaign
URL:
http://www.hrc.org/

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
URL:
http://www.ngltf.org/

PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
URL:
http://www.pflag.org/

Jews for Racial and Economic Justice 
URL:
http://www.jfrej.org/    

Rabbis for Human Rights 
URL:
http://www.rhr.israel.net


Peace:
Hague Peace Organization
URL:
http://www.haguepeace.org/

Abolish Nuclear Arms
URL:
http://www.abolition2000.org/

The Non-Violence Web 
URL:
http://www.nonviolence.org/