Allie Haimowitz Grade 11 Race Relations in America Racial discrimination has been a major issue since the colonial era and the slave era in the United States. Up until the mid 19th century, segregation was still an issue, but what about in present-day America? Racism is in fact sill a concern even though it is said that whites and blacks are equal. Discrimination against different varieties of races is still an every day occurrence, and the proof is shown in statistics and recent events.
From 1981 to 1997, the United States Department of Agriculture classified against tens of thousands of Black American farmers, denying loans that were provided to white farmers in similar situations. The same racial discrimination was the focus of the Pigford v. Glickman lawsuit that was brought by members of the National Black Farmers Association, which resulted in two settlement agreements of $1.25 billion in 1999 and of $1.15 billion in 2009. If it were any white folk, loans would have been given since it has happened before.
It is not always the harsh white against the innocent blacks, however. Racial divisions persisted throughout the 2008 election; an extreme amount of Black voters gave Obama an edge during the presidential primary, where 8 out of 10 African-Americans voted for him. In South Carolina, for instance, "Whites were far likelier to name Clinton than Obama as being most qualified to be commander in chief, likeliest to unite the country and most apt to capture the White House in November. Blacks named Obama over Clinton by even stronger margins — two- and three-to one — in all three areas.
The 2008 election sparked many new problems than any other elections have. Statistics show that 79% of whites and 63% of blacks had a positive view of American race relations, according to frontpagemag.com. Those numbers have now...
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