Racial Segregation And The United States

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Inequality in the United States seems to be a hot topic recently. So much so that there are people who claim that white people are racially oppressed. A sociologist at La Salle University n Pennsylvania said, “We went from being privileged group to all of a sudden becoming whites, the new victims” (Blake). There are some people who even argue that since Obama became president, people became racist towards white people (Blake). While there are white people who feel like they are the new minority group in the United States, that is just not the truth. Racial progression has been helping minorities continue to gain freedoms they deserve, leading people to believe that the U.S. is racially equal, when in fact, statistics and facts based on school, the workforce, and the justice system prove that there is still a long way to go to reach equality. One place where the inequality is clearly visible is in schools around the U.S. The biggest example of this is higher education with the scholarships and grants given. There are people who argue that minorities have it better when it comes to scholarships since there are scholarships specifically for minorities, but the truth is that there are not many of those and the people giving them are very selective to the point where not many minorities get a good scholarship. The Civil Rights Project at Harvard University found that when it comes to state scholarships and grants, although “African American and Hispanic students would see an increase in their representation, but under all three methods (statewide, district and school) the representation of minority students among scholarship qualifiers would still fall well short of their representation” (Orfield, 33). The statistics prove that in Ma... ... middle of paper ... ...ile white people’s arrest rates have always been lower than 200,000 people every year between 2001-2010 (Matthews). Statistics prove that the justice system contains racial bias and not everyone is treated equally. Statistics proving that schools hand out fewer scholarships to minorities and the possibility of segregation reoccurring in the U.S. could be enough to show the racial inequality many refuse to acknowledge. The workforce wage gap and employment bias due to race adds on to the argument along with the recent cases and statistics proving that minorities have it worse when it comes to the justice system and its enforcement of the law. Although these three sections are not the only ones that prove the racial inequality, they show enough to prove there is no equality in the U.S. yet. The progression the U.S. has made has been good, but it has not been enough.
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