Race and Ethnic Relation5

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Race and Ethnic Relations African Americans • The United States, with more than 34 million Blacks, has the eighth-largest Black population in the world; only Brazil, Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, and Tanzania have larger Black populations. Despite their large numbers, Blacks in the US have had almost no role in many crucial decisions that influenced their own destiny. • Although most of the people brought forcibly to North America from Africa came from a limited geographic area of the African continent, they brought with them diverse cultural experiences and traditions. Today, we rarely remember these tribal or ethnic variations among the descendants of the Africans in the way we customarily do among Europeans. Slavery • For nearly half of U.S. history, slavery was not only tolerated but legally protected by the U.S. Constitution as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court. In sharp contrast to the basic rights and privileges enjoyed by White Americans, Black people in bondage lived under a system of
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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