Race and Gender

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We know that we are one biologically in terms of being able to share each other’s organs and have children with each other. So, our differences biologically are superficial, hair texture, some ailments which tend to be environmental, and skin color. Those who want to dismiss the notion of the social construction of race normally do so due to their inherent bias to attribute dysfunctional behavior in minority communities due to a racial makeup instead of addressing more systemic problems that plague these communities. Countless studies reveal that lower income people of all groups tend to follow the same negative trajectory.
Racism is the belief that one race or culture is superior to another, regardless of biological evidence that
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Low labor costs allowed for the creation of wealth by freeing up more capital for investment, ownership of real estate, and the ownership of human beings considered as property. The white land owners were able to mass their wealth they enjoy today through the uses and abuses of slavery. The consciousness of many Americans continues to be affected this very day even though this happened years ago. The descendants of those who were enslaved carry with them a feeling of low self-worth and low self-esteem in some cases while the ones whom benefitted from slavery (whites) continue to enjoy the benefits of being white and privileged.
The descendants of slavery also suffer from the construction of class conflict which is a direct result of racial construction. The rich are getting richer, while poor and uneducated whites and blacks are competing for the limited opportunities that exist in today’s economy. A social hierarchy still exists based on skin color even in today’s world all as a result from the implementation of slavery and the creation of racial construction.
One example of how social, economic, and institutional constructs of racism affects the people of color is the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The neighborhood in New Orleans that mostly consisted of

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