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Origins and causes of ethnic inequality applied to minorities in US ORIGIN AND CAUSES OF ETHNIC INEQALITY APPLYED TO BLACKS For Blacks racial inequality existed from the very beginning The whole black population wasnt free There were many white indentured servants in the earlier periods of colonization There were many Native Indian servants as well Ethnocentrism already existed at that time even between whites of different origin and religion but it was far from racial or ethnic stratification It occurred later with the evaluation of plantation system which became very popular in the south part of future United States So by 1660s several colonies had passed laws sanctioning the enslavement of blacks and the principle was rapidly evolving that slaves were property and therefore had few or no legal rights By this time slavery had become a status from which one could not escape and which was automatically passed onto ones children Farley 2000 p112 That all happened because in that region plantation-owning class was the ruling dominant group and the plantation system could only be supported by very cheap labor Blacks happened to be enslaved legally because they were in the most convenient position for that comparing to other groups unequal powerNoel 1968 Farley2000 important factor of enslavement Natives and whites if escaped could rejoin their groups they also could even rebel Fredricksen and Knobel 1980 Farley2000 Plus white colonies were sometimes dependant on Indians So if black enslavement was institutionalized that would solve and avoid many problems Thus according to Farley 2000p114 the conclusion could be the black enslavement was caused by three factors economic power factor and prejudice that was mostly based on religious aspects of Calvinism and Protestantism During the era of slavery antiblack racism gradually intensified so that by mid-nineteenth century a pervasive racist ideology
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