The Pros And Cons Of Racism In America

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Social stratification and racism where all social inventions created by western societies, and it still plays a huge role in our daily lives. Depending on what social class you were born into or the color of your skin can determine how well of a life you can life and the opportunities presented by these silly factors. It’s unfortunate how having a specific skin color can either help you or hold you back on your potential. This is real issues faced by the minorities in America and how these factors can affect everything in their lives. One factor we can discuss is the environment individuals are put in how it affects them in their daily life. For instance, if you’re a Black-American young boy living in a rough neighbored you have more negatives…show more content…
Racism is the belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one 's own race is superior and has the right to rule others. Racism towards minorities leads to lower wages and fewer jobs, resulting in higher poverty rates. In 1995, all Metropolitan Areas with unemployment rates over 12% also had a population composed of at least 30% minorities. As shown in the documentary “The house I live in” Black youths arrested for drug possession is 48 times more likely to wind up in prison than white youths arrested for the same crime under the same circumstances. One example would be crack and cocaine, Crack and cocaine may be nearly identical on a molecular level, but people who are charged with possession of just 1 gram of crack are given the same sentence as those found in possession of 18 grams of cocaine. These unfair sentencing targets crack users, who are more likely to be black, low-income and less educated. Politicians over the years have advocated and created harsher laws again drugs like these creating a never ending cycle that cannot be
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