Racial And Religious Discrimination In The American Community

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An injustice I see throughout my community, or the American community in general, is racial and religious discrimination. Ever since the creation of America, there has been racism and a division among the people, and many people have tried to erase the tension entirely, but only small doses of success have been seen here and there. Yes, there is equal rights for all now, but there is a definite tension still among the American people when it comes to race and religion. People have to be politically correct and they also have to watch what they say, because a knowledge of their true feelings could harm their public image. My question is, why can’t we eradicate this division? We are discriminating against people for factors which they can’t control, …show more content…
2 in 10 believe that they will receive equal treatment from police officers if investigated for a crime. In contrast 5 in 10 White Americans believe the system is fair, and 6 in 10 believe they receive equal treatment from police officers. The fact that we have this type of gap is astounding. Most people would read that statistic and think nothing of it, but it highlights a real problem in American society. One minority feels they are being treated unfairly, and only half of the majority, sometimes less, feel the same way. That difference highlights that the way of thinking engrained into Americans still sees race as a way to separate and classify people, which leads to racial division. African Americans aren’t the only ones who feel that the justice system treats minorities unequally. 6 in 10 Hispanics also feel the same way. The fact that people feel our own justice system is corrupt and prejudice causes unneeded tension in a society that tries to distance itself from the pass. In the Great Migration, 500,000, African Americans moved to Chicago in search of a better life. This caused an increase of the black community in Chicago from 2% to 33% of the population. Although there were no Jim Crow laws like there were in the South, racism was still felt throughout the community. It wasn’t until 1940 that blacks were taken on to work in factory jobs, because the amount of Europeans immigrating to the …show more content…
The median household wealth for whites exceeds $91,000 and for blacks it is merely $6,000. Home ownership, America’s main component of wealth is 72% for whites and 43% for blacks. Median household income for whites is $59,000, for blacks it is $35,000. Unemployment for blacks is 11%, for whites 5%. Black poverty rate is 29% and for whites it is only 10%. These are not opinions, these are not up for interpretation, and these are the facts. The American justice system can never be actually proven to be racist, but through statistics the economy can. America still has not recovered from the sins of our past, and recovering is something we desperately need to do. One last point I will make is from an article I scanned over while looking for resources to support my stance on this topic. The article’s background isn’t completely on racial division in America but it touches on the subject. The author is of Indian descent, and he says that his first experience of racial hate crime was when he was 9 years old. Two 11 year old boys beat him and threw him in a trash can, because he was a sand n****r, a derogatory term used to describe people of Middle Eastern

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