Race Relations And Racial Discrimination

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After the Civil Rights Movement, tensions between white Americans and black Americans decreased. However, during the past few years, with the death of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin, racial tensions have increased yet again due to the increase in media coverage of America’s social awareness of racial profiling. The country is becoming racially divided even with a black president, Barack Obama, as the nation’s leader. Some people argue that tensions have become even worse between different ethnic groups. In a recent poll, 41 percent of Americans think the police use deadly force against them. 83 percent among black men..(Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Anthony Salvanto, and Fred Backus, Poll: What do Americans feel about race relations?). …show more content…
Another major example of these confrontations is the case of Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman, a white night guard, notified the police that he saw a suspicious person. He was told not to engage but he disregarded it. He instead went out of his car and shot Trayvon who was defenseless and unarmed. Trayvon was bleeding from the front of his head and the back. There were six court cases on the death of Martin, which resulted in Zimmerman not charged and was offered release on bail. (Trayvon Martin shooting fast facts, CNN) The information found in recent surveys showed the racial divides due to the racial prejudice involved in the case and the actions of Zimmerman. 76% of blacks, compared with 33% of whites, believed there was a problem with law enforcement and race. Furthermore, 70% of whites believe that police treat blacks and whites equally compared to 36% of blacks. Another poll revealed that only 22% of black Americans trust the police. (Poll: White People Have High Confidence That Police Treat Blacks Fairly, Josh Feldman) These statistics show the long held racial prejudices between black and white communities and the racial violence that still exists even after the Civil Rights Movement, despite the fact that the Bill of Rights and Amendments guarantee that all American citizens despite their race have equal rights and …show more content…
According to the article “Understanding the Black-White Earnings Gap” by William Rodgers III, African American men earn 72 percent of a white male’s earning. With the statistics of African American women and white women, the pay ratio is a 85 percent comparison. Many factors affect the wages of blacks, an example given by the same author is the slow rate of job creation relative to labor-force growth. This leads to workers not being able to fight for fringe benefits, job security, or safer working conditions. Also, due to the decrease of Unions, the equality in wages have dropped. Furthermore, the shift from manufacturing to service has decreased a economic job market that African Americans are the bulk of. On top of their inability to enter the job market, the wage gap due to racial prejudices also keeps African Americans from attaining a higher standard of living. According to the article “Explaining the Black-White Wage Gap” by Azure Gilman , the wage gap is highly influenced by racial discrimination. The difference of wages between whites and blacks are currently between 25- 30%. Each year the difference in wages increase by 9%. The article supports this point by proving that blacks have 7% less chance of getting the same job as a white person even if they have the same level of education and experience. African Americans experience racial discrimination

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