Racism and Anti-Semitism in the United States

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Racism and Anti-Semitism in the United States Introduction One question that still plagues scholars is whether racism and anti-Semitism are a continuing problem within the United States, despite all the efforts made to eradicate them and all the work done to make everyone "equal." Most people in the US today would agree that equality is closer than it was in the past, but the truth of the matter is that all people are still not completely equal. There are a disproportionate number of black people in the prison systems and on welfare, for example, and women who do the same work as men still do not receive the same salaries. Additionally, there are anti-Semitic groups in the United States that still talk of Hitler and the Nazis as if they were heroes for what they did in an effort to eradicate the Jewish people. These groups are not seen on the news often and are not that vocal in most circles, but they are certainly in existence. It will be argued here that the United States is too much of a "melting pot" of different cultures, races, and opinions for there to be true equality, which means that racism and anti-Semitism will always exist in some degree. Abolishment by the government does not guarantee eradication of an idea or belief. Racism and Anti-Semitism Still Exist During the years since WWII and the years since slavery has been abolished, there have been changes in the way people feel about black people, Jewish people, and others. Because that is the case,
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