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Paper Topic:

social inequality

Racial and Ethnic Inequality of Hispanics In the US

Introduction

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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