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Discrimination In America

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Wyatt€ Rogers
Discrimination research paper
11/27/2016

Discrimination in America

Discrimination, what is it really all about? Does it still exist in America? The answer is absolutely, and unfortunately, it will always exist. I feel that this is a term that needs definition because it will always be controversial in American culture. Discrimination is defined as different treatment of others based solely on their membership in a socially distinct group or category, such as race, ethnicity, sex, religion, age, or disability. Discrimination can be viewed as favorable or unfavorable, depending on whether a person receives favors or opportunities or is denied them. For example, a senior citizens discount shows favorable discrimination toward
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For hundreds of years, African-Americans have been discriminated against only because of the color of their skin. The Constitution recognized the legality of slavery, and the vast majority of slaves were Africans and their descendants. The Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 and other constitutional amendments that followed changed the legal status of African-Americans. The most important of these decisions declared unconstitutional a law that outlawed racial discrimination by private individuals and also upheld state-enforced segregation. For decades, the absence of adequate laws permitted discrimination against African-Americans in employment, housing, public accommodations, and voting. Discrimination was further legitimized by the Supreme Court's ruling in Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896, which legalized enforced segregation in public places and established the "separate but equal…show more content…
This occurred as a result of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The discrimination they experienced happened in the more extreme form of segregation by the government. In 1942, Roosevelt passed an order which led to an estimated 110,000 Japanese Americans on the west coast to be arrested and placed in camps. This was all due to the mistrust for the Japanese after the attacks by their suicide bombers. Recently, a new race has been the victim of increased hate crimes. Since the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centers, statistics from an FBI report of hate crimes in American showed that the number of crimes against Muslim or Arab Americans jumped from 28 in 2000 to 481 after September 11th. It is shocking to believe that over 17 times the crimes in 2000 occurred in only three and a half months in 2001. It seems that people were taking out anger on anyone they could blame for the tragedy the same way that people did 60 years ago after Pearl
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