Ethnic Groups and Discrimination

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Caucasian Americans arrived in this country several different ways. The primary way was colonization from Europe. We all know the story of how America was colonized. The Caucasian American group did not face prejudice, segregation or racism. The Caucasian American however did promote prejudice, segregation, and racism to all subordinate classes of race. This document will show examples of each type of discrimination that the Caucasian Americans promoted. Slavery is a form of discrimination against subordinate groups of people. The first sign of slavery in America were the Spaniards treatment of Native Americans. According to “A Timeline of Important Events” (2008), in 1517 the Spaniards were working Native Americans on plantation farms. The Spaniards began bringing in slaves from Africa when those Native Americans died from disease and horrible working conditions. Caucasian Americans continued this action in 1619, by bringing 20 Africans to Jamestown, Virginia, and forcing them to work as slaves in the British colonies. ("A Timeline of Important Events," 2008) Thus began the Caucasian Americans involvement and cause of prejudice, segregation, and racism in the United States. Caucasian Americans continued down the path of discrimination and have not been able to stop it since those naive beginnings. The United States has terms that have evolved since the abolishment of slavery but exist due to discrimination. Terms such as double jeopardy, redlining, dual labor markets, and glass ceilings and walls were born from discrimination in America. Additional terms or actions were created to combat these discriminations such as environmental justice and affirmative action. In the terms that have evolved we begin with double jeopardy. Double jeopardy is the combination of two subordinate statuses, defined as experienced by women of color. (Schaefer, 2006). Both African American and Hispanic women earn less than Caucasian and African America men as well as...
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