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In my opinion, slavery is what has led to most of the racial problems in our country. Because there was an initial group of people that was targeted and put to use for free labor, it made it seem like it was okay to treat a certain race this way and further gave way to class distinction based on race. Racism was a result of slavery, and while the forced labor did physically end in the United States by 1865, its racist mentality caused by the white landowners and the rest of society remained.
To this day, racial class distinction still exists all because of slavery. I don’t mean to sound discouraging, but I’m sure that others would agree with me when I say that blacks are simply not looked at the same way as whites are in the United States and they probably never will be.
We have deﬁnitely improved signiﬁcantly regarding racism in this country, as we’ve achieved major advances such as having a ﬁrst black president as well as increased black workers in the medical and political ﬁeld.
However, although we have reached such advances, racism still continues to exist in our present day, the most prevalent example being the Tulsa shooting in which a police ofﬁcer shot and killed an unarmed black man. In regards to the Federal Housing Administration, I ﬁnd this system extremely ﬂawed as it creates its own vicious cycle: because the FHA rated neighborhoods based on stability, black communities were naturally exempt from this procedure and as a result their neighborhoods had turned into slums.
The minorities who in fact need the most aid are not receiving help from the government because they aren’t capable of remaining economically stable. This system only furthers the socioeconomic gap between the rich and the poor. Although I am not sure whether the government had deliberate intentions to prevent minorities from closing this gap, it really appears like they did. This colonialist method of exploiting the weak to obtain monetary gain seems to persist today, with its cause leading back to what we thought had completely ceased to exist but clearly continues to linger throughout current society: exploitation of minorities.
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