Racism In 21st Century America

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December the 6th, 1865 marks the end of slavery and white supremacy. A glance at the 21st century America manifests otherwise. Racism is an ongoing issue that contributes largely to class boundaries within significant aspects such as economy, education and society of the United States, making people of color inferior to white people. The key components that construct a country into greatness are economy, education and society. The inequality and injustice present in these interlinked components, bound by social class hierarchy, can lead to desisting the full potential to be a globally respectable nation.

Class is a social system of hierarchy based on economic wealth. Joseph O. Jewell, author of Race, Social Reform, and the Making of a Middle Class: The American Missionary Association and Black Atlanta, 1870-1900, explains class as to “exist in large part as cultures-shared set of rules, ideologies, or …show more content…

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

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