Racial And Ethnic Inequality

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Racial and ethnic inequalities loom large in American society. People of color face structural barriers when it comes to securing quality housing, healthcare, employment, and education. Racial disparities also permeate the criminal justice system in the United States and undermine its effectiveness. Minorities such as the Black and Latino communities have been disenfranchised from privileges that not only have been preserved and upheld for the White community, but have gone as far as being characterized as outcasts in the United States’ economic and political arena. The impoverished today is not only poor, but most of them are also members of the minority races. Minorities are not only racially alienated, but as well as economically from the mainstream. Ethnic and racial minorities have been affected by this concept of Socioeconomic Status that not only encompasses income, but also educational attainment, financial security and subjective perceptions of a social status and social class. The relationship between SES (socioeconomic status), race and ethnicity are concepts that are intimately intertwined and often times segregate members of the minority community. With no real voice amongst minority communities, influential individuals from the Black and Latino communities such as Malcolm X and Cesar Chavez created racially charged movements amongst their own communities that enabled minorities to educate themselves upon the socioeconomic inequities and to increase efforts to
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