Minority Groups In America

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Andiana Prophete Midterm
Political Science 72

America has commonly been known as the "melting pot", welcoming people from many different countries, races, and religions, all hoping to find freedom, new opportunities, and a better way of life. Today, the United States is experiencing another great wave ripple of immigration, a movement of people that has profound implications of a society that by tradition gives respect to its immigrant roots at the same time it confronts complicated and deeply embedded ethnic and racial division. This great surge of immigration leads to the division of the majority and the minority group. Majority Group is the group that
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Census shows that Latinos and Hispanics have has dominated African-Americans as the largest minority group. When compared to other racial and ethnic groups they make up less than 50%. However Hispanics are the largest minority group in America. They make up 16%, African/Afro-Caribbean/Black American make up 12%, and Asians make up about 2%. Caucasians are the majority, they make up about 43% of America which is about half of the population. The Hispanic population is rapidly increasing including native and foreign born individuals, according to a poll conducted by Associated Press Poll in 2010 it found 61% of people say that Hispanics face a significant discrimination. Illegal immigration has created a division between the Latinos in the United States. Although immigrants particularly illegal ones, they may face more discrimination and fewer legal protection. For those who were born in the U.S. they face discrimination over things like skin color, language skills, and income and educational …show more content…
Birth rates are also higher among Hispanic and black adolescents than among their white counterparts. In 2012, Hispanic adolescent females ages 15-19 had the highest birth rate, followed by black adolescent females, white adolescent females. 14% of adolescent female will become pregnant by the age of 20, 10% white, 21% black and 24% latino. Latinas have the highest birth rate of any minority population. Many of these teen parents if not all, live below the poverty line. The number of Hispanics in poverty increased from 25.3% to 26.6%, and 45% of hispanic single mothers raise their below poverty line according to the census bureau, and about 13% with both parents. With more and more people living under the poverty level families are struggling to maintain and care for their families. Students living in poor communities tend to drop out of school, which eventually leads to criminal activities. Poverty and lack of education leads to criminal acts. Latino incarceration rates are nearly double those of whites, and there is a lack of adequate legal representation. Latinos face aggressive police practices, for example in Arizona the law allows officers to check the immigrants status of suspects. These are only just a few of the obstacles that the Hispanics have to overcome. Society are so blind-sided by the negative aspects of the Hispanic community

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