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Racism is described as the belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others or discrimination or prejudice based on race Racism is something that is present and apparent throughout the world Everywhere we look in the world we can see racism create major social problems and even send entire countries into war Racism is an issue that if untreated will create and continue to create major social problems in the United States Racism in its major form began in the United States in about 1618 when the first slaves were brought to the United States to work unpaid for their white owners From the time the Africans were in the custody of Americans they were not treated as humans but as property Slavery in the United States continued for many years until 1862 when President Abraham Lincoln delivered his Emancipation Proclamation freeing all slaves This did not end the problem of racism against African Americans After this time the United States saw much hate and many hate crimes against African Americans This was apparent in the 1950s 19670s when desegregation was taking place in the United States This hate was evident with in the KKK and the many hate crimes and protests that took place in the United States Even since then with a completely desegregated society the United States still sees an incredible amount of racism against blacks African Americans are not the only group who experience racism in the United States Almost every group in the United States that can be classified experiences racism in some form Mexicans and Asians are often victims if hate crimes based on nothing other than race Although African Americans Asians and Mexicans are among the most discriminated against in the United States racism does not have to be based on race but can be based on things such as social status or sexual preference
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