Prejudice in the United States

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Prejudice continues to exist in the United States in the modern era. Many decades have passed since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, yet major forms of prejudice and discrimination endure–some even in a more severe degree than before. The most prevalent: racial prejudice. Racial prejudice continues to occur all over the United States; however, Arizona’s state leadership has taken over a big role in perpetuating this with SB 1070. As a result, racial prejudice causes racial profiling in some states and may affect the economy and the future of many families in the United States.

In 2010, Arizona established a law named SB 1070. By creating this law, racial prejudice has ensued. Every individual that resembles a Mexican immigrant is pulled over by law officials in the state. Personally, I do not believe racial profiling is just. Arizona has allowed its police department to generalize the profiles of all illegal Mexican immigrants. Generalizing all dark-skinned, black-haired individuals that wear cowboy hats and have rolled-up long-sleeved shirts as illegal Mexican immigrants does not dictate who they are and thus, is wrong. Appearance does not make it right for Arizona police to profile possible immigrants. The media also presents the idea of all Mexicans crossing the border illegally.

In addition, there are other factors that play into racial prejudice. As today’s society fights the terrible economy, society presents pressure toward lawmakers by questioning the availability of jobs and competition for these jobs. With the economy plunging, the only solution to affirming job rights is scapegoating others who are perceived to take jobs from U.S. workers. However, many do not want these jobs. Americans blame illegal Mexican immigrants for the lack of jobs because of the numerous amounts of illegal immigrants that have crossed the border. What if every illegal immigrant stopped working in kitchens, homes, hotels, hospitals, and other locations in our country? As a...
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