Racial Inequality And Gender Inequality

2184 Words Jan 27th, 2015 9 Pages
Dating back to the 1800’s, racism and gender inequality have played a prominent role in America. Ranging from slavery to the Jim Crow laws to the war on drugs, racial inequality is present in our everyday lives. Likewise, gender inequality is also as prominent as there are many inherent barriers for women in the workplace such as sexual harassment, inability to ascend into high ranking jobs and stereotypes involving gender roles. Even with the implementation of anti-discrimination laws, racial and gender inequality would still be present in our society because many disparities between race and gender are not caused by explicit discrimination but rather implicit discrimination. Anti-discrimination laws promote equality in theory, but not so much in practice as legal reasoning isn’t exempt from ethical or political beliefs. In order to discuss the reasons that anti-discrimination laws fail to bring about racial and gender inequality, we must first define anti-discrimination laws and its relation to racism and sexism. In 1964, the Civil Rights Act was implemented to outlaw segregation based on race, color, and religion in all public businesses. It also forbade employers from discrimination on the same values when employing workers. Using the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as a basis, we define that anti-discrimination laws refers to the right of all people to be treated equally, regardless of gender, race, and ethnicity. Despite its egalitarian intentions, anti-discrimination laws…
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