Discrimination and Hispanics in America Essay

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Discrimination and Hispanics in America

SOC/120

May 20, 2012
Mary A Mc Gehee

Discrimination and Hispanics in America

Racial discrimination commonly refers to unfair or unequal behavior upon on individuals due to their race or ethnicity. Racism has been practiced for decades. Exerting superiority or supremacy over a race of individuals is the attempt of racial dominance. Despite the increasing population in the United States, Hispanic Americans find racial discrimination a reality in their lives. Migration rates have been on a dramatic climb over the past several decades resulting in a significant growth in diversity being experienced. The migration of the various cultural groups, including the Hispanic cultures,
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The lawsuit also noted that on one occasion the neighbor threatened them by saying “if he weren't a Chicago police officer, his home would be burned down like that of another black family that had moved into the neighborhood” (Gleick, 1994. Para. 3). Puerto Rican Americans are also the victims of reverse discrimination or inter-racial discrimination. The 1940 Nationality Act, which gave the Puerto Rican population their United States citizenship, caused tension between the various groups of Hispanics. Despite the overall struggle of the Puerto Ricans, this shred of social status has turned many of the Hispanic groups against the Puerto Rican Americans. There are examples of this in recent history. In 2008 the EEOC filed suit against a Florida wholesale club (“BJ’s”) for reverse discrimination. The complaint charged that “a hostile workplace was created when a BJ manager subjected a Puerto Rican employee and a Black employee to offensive slurs based on race and national origin. The manager was a Cuban-American” (Parham, 2008, Para 1). A social problem that many Hispanic migrants have to deal with upon their arrival to the United States is segregation. Often we have heard, particularly in the world of politics, the largest minority group is the Hispanic population, a force that can swing an election. Despite this political

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