Discrimination and Hispanics in America

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Discrimination and Hispanics in America SOC/120 May 20, 2012 Mary A Mc Gehee Discrimination and Hispanics in America Racial discrimination commonly refers to unfair or unequal behavior upon on individuals due to their race or ethnicity. Racism has been practiced for decades. Exerting superiority or supremacy over a race of individuals is the attempt of racial dominance. Despite the increasing population in the United States, Hispanic Americans find racial discrimination a reality in their lives. Migration rates have been on a dramatic climb over the past several decades resulting in a significant growth in diversity being experienced. The migration of the various cultural groups, including the Hispanic cultures,…show more content…
Ronald Davila also points to another aspect that has caused segregation is the strong belief in family ties. He explains that it is not uncommon for extended family members to live in the same household which is a break from the mainstream populations (personal communication, 2010). This is a traditional value that many attempt to hold on to despite the urbanization. It can be argued that this traditional value can be seen as segregation as it different from the mainstream and by default causes isolation from various neighborhoods. Language is another barrier that causes segregation. Often newly migrated Hispanics retain their native languages. English as the official language in the United States and teaching Spanish in elementary schools are often debated topics. I personally do not see what is wrong with learning a second language as a child. Spanish and French were always the second language options for me growing up and for my child. It is a great way to become diversified and mesh with the community. There are still some who would prefer not to mesh and thus the debate occurs. Racial redlining has many forms. An example of such is the inequality of insurance rates for minority groups including Hispanics. In 1994, complaints
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