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In the world today, there are modern day “witch hunts.” Now I’m not talking about hunting real witches. The definition of a witch hunt is an intensive effort to discover and expose disloyalty, subversion, dishonesty, or the like, usually based on slight, doubtful, or irrelevant evidence. Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is about the Salem witch trials, and how they were unfair, and wrong because innocent people were killed and jailed. Arthur Miller wrote the crucible to explain, and compare the McCarthy trials, and the Salem Witch trials. In the 1940’s and 1950’s the United States was hunting “witches”, really just people in the communist party. This is one example of Modern day “witch hunts”. In America today there are many different “witch hunts” going on, from races to religious beliefs to social status even choices that people make. One race that is discriminated against in America is the Hispanics or Mexicans. There are many cases in which someone could not get a job, or lose out on something, just because they are Hispanic or Mexican. In an article by Gabriel Medina Arenas, a 46 year old Hispanic woman Gabriela Calzada believes she lost a job opportunity just because she was Hispanic. She said “I had all the qualifications” “I think they didn’t give it to me because I am Hispanic but I could be wrong. She only had a Bachelors Degree and I have a Ph.D.” (Qtd in Gabriel Medina Arenas). Many people that are of a different race other than white Americans don’t get a job or other things because of their race. Even if they have a higher education or are more qualified for the job. Mexicans aren’t the only ones that have been or still are discriminated against because of their skin color. African Americans or black people have been di... ... middle of paper ... ...y rate in 2010 was the highest poverty rate since 1993. Between 1993 and 2000, the poverty rate fell each year, reaching 11.3 percent in 2000” (“National Poverty Center | University of Michigan."). Being poor is common in today’s society, many people have lost their jobs or been laid off and have to draw an unemployment check. These people are often discriminated against, because they are looked down on by the upper class. All of these examples of modern day witch hunts link to the crucible in different ways. No one is literally being hunted like in the crucible. The court isn’t going out and searching for these people, they are just looked down on by American society. These “witch hunts” happen in everyday life, some people don’t take the time to look and notice. Take the time one day to look for these things, guarantee you will see the modern day “witch hunts”.

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