Racism and Capitalism

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Racism and Capitalism

Racism has always been a problem in the United States, as well as in other parts of the world. Throughout time, people have discriminated against others because of their ethnicity. In ancient India, the cast system was developed around skin color, in order to distinguish between social classes. It was a quick, easy way to tell someone’s economic and social status just by looking at them. Nowadays, we still fight against racism. Although it is not as prevalent as it used to be, it still exists in our capitalist economy. Racism and capitalism go hand-in-hand.

In the 1960’s, the first Affirmative Action took place here in the U.S. It stated that companies had to hire minorities. Suddenly, the majority was the group “sitting on the back burner.” Minorities obtained benefits for simply being part of a scarce ethnic group. But for them, it was an answer to prayer. When people owned their own business, they could do whatever they wanted. They could choose whomever they wanted to hire or fire. If they were racist, you were just out of luck. In a capitalist economy, the majority seems to have the upper hand.

In Hitler’s government, he was concerned for only one race. He called them the Aryan race. These were the people with blond hair and blue eyes. Most people already know that Hitler killed many Jews. He convinced Nazi Germany that the Jews were the reason for all of their problems. However, many people don’t know that he also had other ethnic groups killed as well. After all, Hitler wanted a completely Aryan Germany, not just an Anti-Semitic one. Leading up to the Holocaust, those who were “different,” had their businesses taken from them and handed over to the Aryans. They were not allowed to enter others’ businesses to buy necessities. Using his power and control, Hitler created a racist country with a capitalistic economy.

In earlier times, during the Roman republic, racism in the economy was a major issue. There...
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