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Paper Topic:

social inequality

Racial and Ethnic Inequality of Hispanics In the US


Even before the advent of rapid globalization that marks our modern age American society is already characterized racial diversity . The Whites or European settlers are the biggest ethnic group in the US . The Native Americans (Indians , Blacks or African Americans , Asian Americans and Hispanics or Latinos constitute the ethnic minorities . Among the latter , the Hispanics or Latinos is the fastest growing minority group in the US accounting an estimated 15 percent of the population . Hispanics pertains to the migrants from Spanish-speaking

countries of Latin America (e .g . Mexico , Cuba , Ecuador , Guatemala Nicaragua , El Salvador and Colombia ) and Spain . Thus , the Spanish language is the unifying trait or point of reference of the Hispanic population (Gracia , J . and De Greiff ,

, 2000 ) Considering that Latinos are migrants from different countries whose national / cultural backgrounds and immigration circumstances are different from each other lumping them together as a single ethnic group already constitutes a stereotype because it disregards the unique heritages , traits , culture and tradition of their individual nationalities . Furthermore , in using racial categories , there is a false presumption that whiteness is the normal condition or standard that rule over the minority groups

Immigration is another common denominator of the Latino experience in the U .S . Mexico leads in the immigration of its citizens to the U .S both legal and illegal since time immemorial . A rapid increase of immigration to the US occurred after the Great Depression and...

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