Racial &Gender Equality

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Today one of the major emphases of the world community is on promoting racial and gender equality and ensuring equal opportunity to everyone. The world's most influential and developed nation, America, boasts of these qualities. Yet, according to a Washington based Justice Policy Institute, the number of Black men in jail or prison is greater than the number of black men in college. Furthermore, a report issued by the Justice Department of America states that “Black men born in the United States in 2001 will have a one in three chance of going to prison during their lifetime if current trends continue” (Younge). Also a study released on July 18th 2007, by the criminal justice policy group in America states that “Blacks in the United States are imprisoned at more than five times the rate of whites, and Hispanics are locked up at nearly double the white rate” Clearly these facts not only provide evidence of racial discrimination but also imply that Blacks and Hispanics do not get as much opportunities as Whites in America. Black people are not violent by birth but it is the circumstances that make them behave in such a way. Racial discrimination, lack of employment opportunities creates unrest and frustration in their society. As a result such people resort to crime and drugs. Had there been racial equality and everyone was given equal opportunity, such issues would never have risen.

Gender equality is also debatable. According to the theological concept of Complementarianism, found especially in Christianity, men and women are given different set of qualities so as to equip them to play their unique role in the society. Basically men and women are referred to as two halves of the same body, each has a specific role to play and each compliments the other. Therefore it might be deduced that both sexes are equal and have specific roles to play but historically women have been deprived of equal rights with men. Even the Pope Joan Paul II denied the...
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