Minorities dating with discrimination
While we praise our open-mindedness on the ‘big’ issues, could we still be harboring unfair—and perhaps unconscious—prejudices against friends and neighbors?
Submitted for your approval are 10 Subtler Forms of Discrimination, and it might open your eyes a bit.
In years past, some banks have used unethical lending practices and discriminated against people of color.
The process of denying mortgages or charging higher interest rates based on race - known as redlining - is illegal under The Fair Housing Act, but reports as recent as 2015 have shown that minorities still have difficulty qualifying for a home loan.
The reality, of course, paints the picture of a culture that is anything but homogenous.
Native Americans lived on the land that is now the United States first, millions of Africans were brought to the US by force to be held in slavery, and people have been immigrating to the US from all around the world, not just western Europe, for centuries.
The groups that are most often discriminated against are African Americans, Hispanics, and Muslims, but smaller minority groups, such as Jews, other immigrant groups, and the LGBT community, bear their share of intolerance as well.
Although the United States has come a long way since the days of slavery, and huge steps were made towards granting equal rights on the basis of race in the 1960s, racism is still a very pressing problem in the US today.
The nation is divided on what to do about the millions of illegal immigrants currently living on US soil.
Although America is by nature a country of immigrants, US anti-immigrant sentiment is deeply rooted in American history, and continues to the present day.
Many white Americans of European, usually Protestant, descent, like to claim that theirs is the one true “American” culture.
Anti-immigration groups patrol the border, making sure no more prospective immigrants cross over, and racial profiling is used to question the legal status of anyone “foreign-looking”.
Especially with the instability of the US economy in recent years, some Americans fear that their jobs are being given away to immigrants.