Racism in America

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Racism in America Introduction Is racism still a problem in America more than fifty years after the Civil Rights Movement, and 48 years after the 1964 Civil Rights Act signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson? How far has America come from the days when African Americans were lynched by fanatical racist mobs and from the days when Jim Crowe laws trumped the laws set forth by the U.S. Constitution? This paper delves into those and other issues involving racism in America. Thesis: American has come a long way from the days of lynchings and prohibitions against African Americans voting or sitting at the lunch counter. There are laws that protect minorities from discrimination in housing and hiring, and great strides have been made. However, racism remains a reality, including institutional racism in America. Historical Overview of Racism in America "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty…" (U.S. Constitution). But did the enactment of the U.S. Constitution really establish justice and secure the blessings of liberty for all citizens? The answer of course is no, and yet great progress has indeed been made. Meanwhile, looking at history, the Public Broadcast Service (PBS) produced a program called "From Swastika to Jim Crow Racism in Europe and the U.S.," that equates the evil of Nazi

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