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Ethnic Groups and Discrimination

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1 Ethnic Groups and Discrimination: African Americans African Americans make up approximately 15% of the United States population. This group evolved from slaves, which came from various parts of the African continent and brought to the United States. African Americans were enslaved in the United States and officially gained freedom as a people in 1863 with the signing Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln. Before, during, and after slavery, African Americans faced prejudice, segregation, as well as racism. When they first arrived on the shores of the colonies known as the United States, the African Americans were segregated from everyone else and kept in holding cells and then on plantations. Prejudice and racism were automatic because they were seen as sub-human beasts and savages of sorts. African Americans be and still are effected by the dual labor market. The employment market was geared toward African Americans as a majority always has been packed, with low-paying jobs with little to no chance of advancement. African Americans often perform or are expected to perform unskilled labor now referred to as blue-collar jobs. Environmental justice issues have plagued African Americans in the past and continue to do so today. In the past century, factories emitting toxic fumes and hazardous waste
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