Racial Discrimination and Hispanics in the United States

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Racial discrimination “is a term used to describe unfair behavior afflicted on individuals based on their race” (LegalCyberTips, 2007, Para 1). The concept of racism has existed for decades. The act of one race attempting to exert supremacy over others has often resulted in racial discrimination (LegalCyberTips, 2007). Racial discrimination is a constant reality in the lives of Hispanic Americans in the United States. Due to alarming migration rates over the past several decades, the United States has experienced significant growth in ethnic and racial diversity. However, racial minority groups like the Hispanics; “the largest and fastest growing population in the United States, continue to struggle for full acceptance and equal…show more content…
Nicolette Cutler, a student of Trinity College and avid Puerto Rico Researcher stated that, despite the fact that many Puerto Ricans were able to find work in the United States and live better than they had in Puerto Rico, they could never feel like this was their new home. Faced with racism and injustice daily, the Puerto Rican population had to face the fact that they were not considered citizens of the United States. From 1898 until 1917, Puerto Ricans were considered citizens of nowhere (Para.4). In the 1970’s Puerto Ricans faced racial redlining practices from vendors which prevented Hispanics from relocating to better areas. Community vendors believed that if Hispanics moved into better areas their property and value would decrease (Wilson, 2007). Although the churches welcomed and provided Hispanics with vital support, most communities were not as welcoming. Finding a place to live became complicated because most property-owners would not rent to Hispanics. The racial redlining became so extreme that many Hispanic residents “curtailed their movements between work, church, and home, avoiding being out on the streets so as not to encounter harassment” (Wilson, 2007, Para 6). Racial Discrimination and Hispanics 5 Today, racial redlining has taken many forms; a specific example is the increasingly high insurance rates for minority groups such as the Hispanics. In 1994, the ‘National
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