Racial Discrimination During The West Indian And Jewish Immigrants

2042 Words Oct 13th, 2016 9 Pages
Race in the United States is defined as “a symbolic category, based on the phenotype or ancestry and constructed according to specific social and historical contexts that are misrecognized as a natural category”(Desmond, Emirbayer 2009). The society uses the characteristics to make distinctions about the superiority and inferiority of a particular race. Racism in the United States is a common practice affecting various minority communities in the country. The country is a multicolored nation with people from different ethnic backgrounds. Minority communities have faced numerous scenarios of racial discrimination. West Indian and Jewish immigrants make up minority races in the United States. The two races exhibit different and similar characteristics based on ethnicity, religious, and cultural practices taking place in the country. Ideally, institutional racism is a common practice that affects most Jewish and West Indian immigrants. Reports of racism against the two minority groups are common in most learning institutions. This paper discusses the differences and similarities between the racial experiences in the West Indian and Jewish immigrants.
Race was first sought in the late 1400’s and early 1500’s. Geography played a role in race, as did the clothes people wear and how they ate in the late 1400’s. In the early 1500’s, race was known and driven by colonization for profit. Enabling this profit led to immigration, kidnapping, and bringing people and things to new…

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