Deena Shehata (Instructor)
Racial Diversity: Historical Worksheet
* Throughout most of U.S. history, in most locations, what race has been in the majority? What is the common ancestral background of most members of this group?
Throughout most of U.S. history, the majority race in most locations has been white. Mainly on the east coast where all of the European settlers arrived. Throughout the western part of the country was mainly American Indian and Mexican races. However, they were more spread out over a larger territory as where the white races were more compacted. The majority of the white population in American history came from the western part of Europe (United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, etc.).
* What are some of the larger racial minorities in U.S. history? What have been the common ancestral backgrounds of each of these groups? When did each become a ...view middle of the document...
Chinese have become a significant or notable minority group when Gold Rush sparked back in 1848.
* In what ways have laws been used to enforce discrimination? Provide examples. These laws were intended against which racial minorities?
The United States has made an effort to improve employment and educational opportunities of minorities and of women groups through preferential treatment in job hiring, college admission, and awarding government help. The federal level of following passage of the landmark of Civil Rights act of 1964 was designed to counteract the lingering effects of generations of past discrimination. The main criteria in affirmative action programs are race, religion, disability, and age. The Supreme Court placed limitations on affirmative action programs in 1978.
* In what ways have laws been used to eliminate discrimination? Provide examples. Did the laws work to eliminate discrimination?
The Civil Rights act of 1964- outlawed much segregation against women and African Americans. Employment Non-Discrimination Act- Ended discrimination in hiring and employment of people due to their sexuality. Laws can make it illegal to end discrimination that effects work and civil rights, but that doesn't mean that the public ends discrimination, although it is a big step forward, The society itself needs to adapt to the new changes, and this takes time, and some people are not fond of change. Whereas people once saw it okay to discriminate against race, it is generally accept to be wrong today, and a more recent change of accepting Bisexuals/Homosexuals to our society, instead of shunning them. While society is changed by laws, Laws are often changed due to a natural change in the way we think, such as how many states are now allowing gay marriage, due to the fact that the general population accepts them, and the remaining people who oppose it, are shown to be bigots, and are the ones now who are frowned upon.
While the Laws help bring about a change, they don't eliminate it, That takes time, and a shift in culture and society.