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The concepts of race and ethnicity are socially constructed and there are real consequences Their affects on the social world have been seen and experienced by all of us as a People From the friends we choose to the programs we watch to the way we see ourselves as an individual All of these are affected by our race and ethnicity the urge to mingle with anything different from ourselves is far less than the urge to coexist with people we can identify with Gender and class are social relations based on inequality because resources and power are often distributed through gender and class however a more pressing matter is the inequality based on race and ethnicity an inequality that results in discrimination Discrimination based on race and ethnicity is a violation of the concept of all men being born free being prohibited to take part in any part of life just because you look a certain came from a certain place or just because you are different compared to anyone else is a clear and unlawful violation of your natural rights Today the laws prohibiting discrimination are clear but it took a very long time for these laws to be establishedEver since the colonial era and the days of the slave trade discrimination has been a huge problem in the United States Here in the US discrimination was a part of everyday life for one who was African American Asian American Latin American or Native American European Americans were above all most privileged in all areas of Literacy Immigration Voting Rights and Citizenships Not everyone of European descent were safe from discrimination however people such as American Jews Irish Americans and Italian Americans suffered from discrimination from the American society because of their various differences when compared to other European Americans Of all the discrimination in the US the most known case is discrimination against African Americans from the moment they were brought
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