Racial Pay Gap

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Blacks and Hispanics in the Workplace: The Racial Pay Gap In this paper, we plan to focus specifically on the presence of Latino/Hispanic and Black minority groups in the workforce, and the differential treatment they have received in the past or are presently receiving. Minorities, such as Hispanics and Black have played important roles in the nation's workforce throughout history. Despite their contributions, they have almost always received differential treatment. Throughout this paper, we seek to explore the treatment of these minorities, past and present, identify some of the causes of this unequal treatment and also help define their roles in the workforce. To do so we must first define each of these minority groups. According to…show more content…
In the past, as well as in present day, they experienced many difficulties. Problems such as segregation from the dominant group, hate crimes and more. For example, when the "down low discourse" first appeared Black men were scapegoated without any real evidence to support the claim (Phillips, 2005). This reaction was an indicator of the hostile environment of this time period. Black and Hispanics were treated like second class citizens, without any remorse from their suppressors. Black men were segregated from the White community using various methods such as poll taxes, separating the facilities that they use and the way that they interact with them. At one point segregation was so severe that middle-class Black men were "relegated to a separate and marginalized economy" where Black businesses served Black communities exclusively (Collins, 1989). In this economy, a Black man could purchase items from a White man, however, a White man would not buy goods from a Black store owner. The White men believed that they had the responsibility to make it clear that the Black were not their equals, and did not have the right to sell them any…show more content…
But still it lingers in the depths our society. Flint Michigan, a predominantly Black community, is a prevalent example of Neoliberalism putting property over the lives of others. The ongoing water crisis, and the events that led to it are prime examples of neoliberalism to an extreme degree. Due to the Flint economic crisis, emergency managers were put in place to ensure the safety of the people. Individuals who were not voted for by the people of Flint took control and focused far more on their personal interests of making money than helping the people of Flint. In an effort to save money and make business deals the water source was switched from the Detroit River to the polluted Flint River. A river that in earlier years had been polluted by individuals who were more focused on creating products and making money than caring for the well-being of the environment or the local people in the area. Those individuals would show a similar lack of concern for the well-being of others by leaving Flint in the 1980’s, leaving only 10% of its previous workforce employed. The polluted river remains a problem today. The continued lack of sanctity of human life is further shown when, after health concerns were first raised, the emergency managers declined the Detroit River’s offer to reconnect the

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