Define the following terms:
Racial formationAnalytical tool used to look at race as a socially constructed identity, where the content and importance of racial categories is determined by social, economic, and political forces SegregationThe enforced separation of different racial groups in a country, community, or establishment. De jure segregationsegregation that is imposed by law
PluralismA condition or system in which two or more states, etc., coexist Assimilationpeople of different backgrounds come to see themselves as part of a larger national family
Answer the following questions in 150 to 350 words each:
•Throughout most of U.S. history in most locations, what race has been the majority? What is the common ancestral background of most members of this group? The majority race throughout most of U.S history, in most locations, has been the White race. The white race includes Hispanic Americans and Non-Hispanic Americans. The common ancestral background of most members of this group are from Europe and the Middle East.
•What are some of the larger racial minorities in U.S. history? What have been the common ancestral backgrounds of each of these groups? When did each become a significant or notable minority group? Some of the larger racial minorities in U.S history are
•In what ways have laws been used to enforce discrimination? Provide examples. These laws were intended against which racial minorities?
•In what ways have laws been used to eliminate discrimination? Provide examples. Did the laws work to eliminate discrimination?