Racial Diversity: Historical Worksheet
Answer the following questions in 100 to 250 words each. Provide citations for all the sources you use.
Throughout most of U.S. history, in most locations, what race has been in the majority? What is the common ancestral background of most members of this group?
White people (also the Caucasian race) would be the majority in the U.S. throughout history. White people is referring to human beings characterized by the light pigmentation of their skin. Rather than being a straightforward description of skin color, the term white denotes a specific set of ethnic groups and functions as a color metaphor for race. The most commonly-used definition of "white person" is "a person with a visible degree of European ancestry Various social constructions of whiteness have had implications in terms of national identity, consang uinity, public policy, religion, population statistics, racial segregation, affirmative action, eugenics, racial marginalization and racial quotas. The concept has been applied with varying degrees of formality and internal consistency in disciplines including sociology, politics, genetics, biology, medicine, biomedicine, language, culture and law.
What are some of the larger racial minorities in U.S. history? What have been the common ancestral backgrounds of each of these groups? When did each become a significant or notable minority group?
Some of the larger racial minorities in U.S. history are African Americans and Native Americans. Native Americans became a significant minority race when their land was seized and taken from them by early European settlers, coming to the new land to avoid religious persecution. The common ancestral background for the Native American would be people is a single Eurasian group.
African Americans became a significant minority race when they were captured from their homes and brought here to be sold as slaves. Once the first few ships arrived, the number of them made them a minority of the time. The common ancestral background for African Americans is they came over to the U.S. from Africa.
In what ways have laws been used to enforce discrimination? Provide examples. These laws were intended against which racial minorities?
One type of discriminatory law enforcement involves racial profiling. Some examples of a racial profiling with officers of the law and arrests: Two men are walking down a pubilc street displaying the same signs of intoxication. The police arrive and…