The Impact of Race on US Politics
Your assignment is to prepare and submit a paper on the impact of race on the us politics. Some people believe that race is what brings about different human characters or belief (Jennings, 1992). In this view, racism can be defined as the belief that some people are more superior to others.Since the colonial days, racism has played a major role in the history of the United States. According to Allan (2005), the US is vulnerable to racial prejudices due to the fact that there are multiple races in the country. The most affected races are: Native Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, African Americans and American JewsThe history of America is tainted with racially structured practices such as slavery, segregation, Native American reservations, affirmative action, internment camps and residential schools. The early settlers from Europe discriminated against the Native Americans. Then came the slave trade. The Blacks who were shipped from Africa were used as a cheap source of labor for the whites. They continued to be treated worse than second class citizens even after the abolition of the slave trade (Marshall, 1990).Over time, African Americans also started racially discriminating against Whites. Although formal racism was officially outlawed in the middle of the 20th century, it is not an issue that is likely to go away any time soon. This racism is not confined to a single group. Many races in the U.S hold some racial prejudice or the other against their fellow countrymen from other races (Sowell, 2008).Racism is what led to the civil rights strife in the US. African Americans came out to protest for equal opportunities with their white compatriots. The civil rights period was characterized by violence, mostly directed against the black community. Racist groups such as the Ku Klux Clan came into being as a sign of one groups superiority over the other (Saito, 1998).One of the major actions that emanated from racism issues in the United States was the introduction of affirmative action. .