Racial Discrimination in America

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Kimberly Stevens
LAW 420
Summer B 2010
MTWR 4:10-5:50
Due Date: August 16, 2010

Racial Discrimination in America

Abstract
The framers that wrote the Declaration of Independence intended for this country to be founded on the rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. To an extent, this has been true, but our country still has a long way to go. Unless American society chooses to change their mindset and their way of thinking, then this country will never advance and there will continue to be racial discrimination in every aspect of our daily lives.

The very existence of a race other than white mocked the validity of a government that guaranteed liberty and justice for the nation’s people (Hurmence, 1984). The words racial discrimination used to be associated with African Americans, but after the influx of Mexican immigrants across U.S. boarders and the September 11th attacks, racial discrimination can no longer be associated with only African Americans. The disgraceful history of racial discrimination in America has been ongoing for over five hundred years (Racial Discrimination in the Workplace, 2006-2010, Race Discrimination in the Workplace, para. 2). Now in the twenty-first century the disease of racism still saturates all aspects of society, including employment (Racial Discrimination in the Workplace, 2006-2010, Race Discrimination in the Workplace, para. 2). For many years and under the legislation of many U.S. Presidents, human beings whose skin color was other than white were considered property. The Declaration of Independence states: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. (Racial Discrimination in the Workplace, 2006-2010, Race Discrimination in the Workplace, para. 1) These key words in the Declaration of Independence should have given every person equal...
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