Equality is a basic right granted to everyone in the United States. Sadly, there was a point in time where specific people were not treated equally. The novel A Lesson Before Dying, written by Ernest J. Gaines, goes into detail about how African-Americans were treated in the late 1940’s. The reader is able to see the prejudice acted on the African-Americans through a black man’s eyes. Gaines believes that blacks were treated as an inferior race to whites and never received true justice or fairness.
Lives for African Americans were difficult. From separation to slavery African Americans endured a lot during the 1930s. There were people that made it either easy or hard for African Americans. There were people that stood up for African Americans. There were others who tried to make it harder on African Americans. Life was hard for some African Americans in the 1930s.
Recent studies have shown that the water in Flint, Michigan has been contaminated by a horrible health impact, lead. This has happened because nearly two years ago, the state of Michigan decided to save money by switching Flint’s water supply from Lake Huron, to the Flint River a notorious tributary that runs through town known to locals for its filth. This has led to many terrible effects shown in both children and adults. The many effects lead has on children and adults are very drastic if not taken care of properly they could have lifetime effects.
Discrimination is something that everyone experiences at some point or time in their life. When it comes to the Hispanic population discrimination presents itself in the form of employment, racial slurs, wages, language, educational level and health services rendered just to name a few. Do to the fact that most of the Hispanic population are considered immigrants coming over to America and not having a great deal of education this alone has caused issues the most with facing stigmatism and poor treatment (NCBI, 2012). When it comes to healthcare often discrimination is exhibited with experiencing longer wait times, negative attitudes, and often times poorer quality of service. Also, they experience what is called language discrimination which
The book The March on Washington is very descriptive and insightful on the actions and events that had to take place, so that the date August 28, 1963 would be remembered forever. It depicts a picture of what ideas and hard work can do for a group of people that wanted something so bad. Many people just look at the outcome of the march on Washington but never really look behind the scenes to see what had to happen for this event to actually happen . This book depicts the struggles and issues African Americans had to face in the mid-1900s. The thesis is jobs, freedom, and the forgotten history of civil rights.
Have you ever seen s hispanic and thought to yourself, have the ever been discriminated?
Many of these life-threatening problems could have easily been avoided if the state had not chose to ignore the federal law and take the problem into their own hands. The city of Flint had to act quickly on this matter because they were in a financial state of emergency. They decided to cut their supply off from Detroit’s and try to extract water from a more local area. Although this idea would save enough money to keep Flint, Michigan from falling, the area in which they chose to get their supply from was “...notorious...for its filth.” ( Ganim & Tran 2). Many locals who live near the Flint River, are aware of how contaminated and unhygienic the water is. When citizens were told that the switch from Lake Huron to the Flint River would take place, they believed it was a joke. After the plan was put into action, locals began to immediately see a drastic change and were worried. In order to
Racial inequality has continuously played a major factor in employment, housing, and other social situations and has sparked more study by scholars into the role that discrimination plays and if actually has a role in the problems we see today. The article discusses how it believes discrimination may be motivated by thing like stereotypes and racism but discrimination does not have one outstanding cause that stands out above the rest explaining why it happens. The scholars in this article separate the definition of racial discrimination into two parts “ differential treatment and disparate impact.” Differential treatment happens when the individual facing discrimination is being treated unequal because of his or her race. Disparate
Income inequality is an ongoing issue in the world and race plays a major factor with this discrimination. The racial wage gap between black and white women has grown substantially since the 1980s (Pettit and Ewert 2009). Racial and ethnic wage gaps are significantly larger for men than for women. Based on the 1981 CPS date, black-white earnings are 0.67 for men vs. 0.97 for women, while Hispanic-white earnings are 0.72 for men and 0.90 for women (Bayard, Hellerstein, Neumark, and Troske 1999). I am going to explain two factors that contribute to income inequality, race and ethnicity, and gender.
The Flint water crisis has been a well known life-threatening issue for nearly three years, and yet has still not been solved. The problem began in April, 2014, when the city of Flint, Michigan switched their water supply to the Flint River in order to save money. Almost immediately after the switch of water source, residents complained about the quality of water, while city and state officials denied the possibility of an issue for months. As time went by, the supply pipes had corroded and lead began making its way into the water supply, potentially endangering the Flint population, as high blood lead levels are especially harmful to children and pregnant women, and can cause “learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and mental retardation,”
Whites lead the number of employments (with less than a high school diploma) at 7,879,000, while blacks (1,069,000), Asians (500,000) and Hispanic (5,472,000) fall behind. Unemployment rates in colored people (Black: 8.4%, Hispanic: 5.8%) are higher than that of white (4.3%) as they have been through history. The unemployment rates of those with a Bachelor’s degree or higher are more prominent in blacks (3.7%) than Asians (2.8%), Hispanic (3.1%) and whites (2.3%). These results conclude that racism creates employment discrimination in the US economy. The reasoning for this discrimination is formed by the need for white laborers to secure the “materials and the symbolic aspects of their social position.” (Jewell, 2007, P. 14). As the labor force is impacted by race, income is affected; as class is defined by wealth, colored races are segregated and ranked lower in the hierarchy of social
America and its people have worked hard to create a home in which everyone is treated, and feels equal. We’ve fought wars, held protests, and lost many lives in situations where we were fighting for fair treatment. After all of these sacrifices, it's safe to say that Americans have the right to love, and cherish the equality that their home presents them with, but to an extent. Equality in society, government, and basic human interactions should always be kept, and held with great importance. However, we also need to keep in mind that we are not the same people. This is where the government in the story, ‘’Harrison Bergeron,’’ gets out of hand. They tried to make their citizens equal by making them the same which prevents
The United States is home of many diverse ethnicities that come here to live the American Dream. Although they are legal immigrants, white americans still treat them as a minority group. There is still racial bias here that is causing tensions between ethnic groups despite all the efforts to stop it.
“What can more certainly arouse race hate, what more certainly create and perpetuate a feeling of distrust between these races, than state enactments which, in fact, proceed on the ground that colored citizens are so inferior and degraded that they cannot be allowed to sit in public coaches occupied by white citizens?”- John Marshall Harlan. On May 18, 1896, the Supreme court passed the separate but equal act on a vote of 7-1. This allowed separate facilities to be made for whites and blacks. This was the result of the Plessy vs Ferguson case, where a man was forced out of a whites-only car because he had African descent. The Supreme court couldn’t find any differences in the train cars, yet separate facilities for blacks had a decrease in quality. After this decision, many laws would be made
This chapter explains the difference between race and ethnicity and how they came about. It also explains the advantages and disadvantages some have due to the creation of race. Race and ethnicity have strong foundations not only within countries, but between them. Globalization has increased the individual’s ethnic identities, but has also put some at disadvantages.