The unfair treatment of ethnic minorities in america

by jlafrance-jones on February 2, 2016 - 7:58pm

A) topic &type of paper / justification of social issue:

The topic of this paper is the unfair treatment of ethnic minorities in America. This paper will analyze the sources of the unfair treatment that the ethnic minorities have to endure and how it affects their abilities to pull through to higher social classes in their society. The paper will also compare the current situation to historical periods to illustrate a social trends targeting ethnic minorities. Finally, this paper will question how it would be possible to eliminate the unfair treatment with which society burdens ethnic minorities.

The unfair treatment of ethnic minorities in America is a social issue because it conflicts the social ideal that everyone should have equal opportunity.

The impact of racial discrimination can be felt by ethnic minorities in their community, their job and in public. This discrimination towards ethnic minorities can bring a feeling of alienation and make it harder for immigrants and native born americans from ethnic minorities to fully integrate and have a strong sense of patriotism. (Falcone, 90). An Australian research has shown that racial discrimination can have a deep psychological impact on the victim of discrimination. Many members of those minorities are victims of hate crimes and day to day discrimination against them which can put them in dangerous psychological distress. ( Ferdinand, Paradies & Kelaher, 1)

B) Areas of interest / important questions and associated social science disciplines:

-Do the media and their depiction of the culture of minority groups influence the treatment reserved to them by society as a whole? (Sociology)

-should the government allow for financial privileges for members of ethnic minorities in lower social classes to promotes and enforce equality? (Economic)

C) Who / what groups are involved in the issue?

 The groups involved in this issue are the ethnic minorities, the ethnic majority and the government. We can examine who their treatment can affect ethnic communities economically and socially.

D) Sources:

Falcone, J. (2006). Seeking Recognition: Patriotism, Power and Politics in Sikh American Discourse in the Immediate Aftermath of 9/11. Diaspora: A Journal Of Transnational Studies, 15(1), 89-119.

Ferdinand, A. S., Paradies, Y., & Kelaher, M. (2015). Mental health impacts of racial discrimination in Australian culturally and linguistically diverse communities: a cross-sectional survey. BMC Public Health, 15(1), 1-14. doi:10.1186/s12889-015-1661-1


This is a very interesting topic, especially since it is an issue that is relevant and very muched talked about today. I think you should really touch on obvious caes of violence toward minorities, especially from the sociological perspective of negative stigmas contributing to police brutality and such, but it might also be interesting to look (especially from an economic point of view) at the mistreatment of Native Americans in Canada, and how the reserve system actually imprisons them.

Otherwise, I really think you're off to a great start and especially like how the way you're tackling the economic side implies you'll be offering solutions after identifying the issues!

This is definitely an interesting and relevant topic in our society. Many people claim that discrimination is hardly present in our society, however it is clear that a great number of individuals are not given equal opportunities due to their gender, race or religion.

In your article, you discuss that minority groups are not given the same opportunities to succeed as people of Caucasian decent. However, I believe it is also essential to address the unfair treatment that women endure as well.

In 2013, the median income among women in the United States of America was 18% less than that of American men (Wikipedia). This phenomenon, known as the gender wage gap, demonstrates how women are in a similar situation as minority groups. Also, the reasons for the gender wage gap are similar to those behind the minority wage gap. Both groups are subject to direct discrimination in the workplace by being paid less for doing the same job. Furthermore, industries dominated by women or minority groups are often undervalued compared to industries that employ primarily Caucasian men, even if they require the same amount of skill and education. There are other reasons for the gender wage gap, which are mentioned in one of the attached articles.

Moreover, there is a “glass ceiling” which makes it difficult for women and minorities succeed. The glass ceiling is a term used to describe the invisible yet unbreakable barrier stops minorities and women from reaching the top of the corporate ladder, even if they have the qualifications. I have also attached link to a webpage about the glass ceiling.

It is tragic that in such a modern society, people are given unfair opportunities based on who they are. To resolve this issue, it is essential that we become aware of its presence and take measures to stop it.

Glass Ceiling
Gender wage dap:

Works cited:

Wikipedia contributors. "Gender pay gap." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 19 Feb. 2016. Web. 19 Feb. 2016.

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