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Race and EthnicityWars Still Being Fought Today Our societys great cultural diversity is the result of immigration Immigration rates today roughly 1 million annually are at about the same level as was representative of the great immigration era of a century ago The countries from which the people are primarily coming are changing They face prejudice and discrimination as did immigrants before them however they also share the hope of opportunity and the hope that ethnic diversity will someday be viewed as a matter of difference rather than inferiority Many white Americans have traditionally been proud of their ethnic heritage Those who are non-WASPs have been identified as white ethnics Examples include German Irish Italian and Jewish people These immigrants arriving mainly after 1840 faced hostility from WASPS who had settled already Overt discrimination was focused on the white ethnics during the height of immigration in the US 1880-1930 Immigration quotas restricted their entrance to the US between 1921 and 1968 as a result of opposition by elements White ethnics and blacks sometimes find themselves on opposite sides of issues due to competition over valued resources in society Important changes for African Americans have occurred in the twentieth century Migration to northern cities brought greater work opportunities A national civil rights movement won crucial battles that resulted in ending legal support for racially segregated schools and civil rights acts improved the opportunities for African Americans in employment and use of public accommodations Problems persist though in the social standing of African Americans The median income of African Americans is significantly lower than that of whites African Americans are more likely to be poor and continue to be over represented in low-paying jobs Unemployment rates are twice as high as that of whites Recently African Americans have made gains in political power African Americans accompanied Spanish explorers to the New World in the fifteenth century the beginning of black history in the US dates
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