Many American miners did
not treat minorities fairly and abused them. There were nations from
all over the world in the California Gold Rush. One of the minorities
was Latin Americans. They were not white and did not speak English.
Another of the minorities was Chinese. The Chinese were beaten, robbed,
their businesses were destroyed, and the Chinese were not allowed to
mine at places where whites wanted to mine or places proven to be rich.
Chilenos, people from South America and Mexico, were beaten, robbed,
and had to pay high taxes. Native Americans were not treated fairly by
whites either. We think so because their homes were not in urban areas.
Their homes were in the wildlife and miners were careless to wildlife.
But apparently the miners got their gold in the the wild. Native
American’s streams were polluted, the wildlife scared away, and their
beautiful landscapes destroyed. Even though they were here before
Americans, they were still treated unfairly. White miners were
very cruel to non-white and non-English speaking miners.