I’m impressed by this weeks lecture about the segregation and universalism equality. From all these materials, I’m pretty interested in Gunner Myrdal’s “An American Dilemma” and his idea of “American Creed”. Myrdal published his study during 1944 and proclaimed that the relationship between local American and black people are seriously limited by the racism and the impression by the whites back then. He mentioned that the whites commonly paid their attention on the effects of such circumstances of current society brought upon them rather than the causes. Meanwhile,they believed that there were something about the blacks that causes these problems. The lecture also displayed Myrdal’s methods of eradicating those problems, which is either proceed the elimination of whites prejudice or the enhancement of social black circumstances. Then he gave out the idea “American Creed”, which contribute to emphasize the ideals of liberty, equality, justice and fair treatment for all people in America. His idea influenced the United States government so that they carried our several laws and actions to balance the equality of society and protected non-white citizen’s rights, such as the “8802” and “E09981” protocol issued by the presidents during the time period of 1940 and 1950.
From what I think, Myrdal’s ideas and his masterpiece “An American Dilemma” clearly states the development of U.S. history of protecting non-white people’s rights and there for helped to make contribution to universalism equality. Let’s not for get what mentioned in this week’s lectures, that black people serves the U.S. military over 11% during World War 2. Besides, I totally agree with the statement that Myrdal’s idea illustrates the importance of universal equality as long as the significance of realities of discrimination equality.