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Discrimination in Current American Society 1 Discrimination in Current American Society Nicole Mills ETH/125 1/16/2011 Christine Stuart
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Discrimination in Current American Society 2 Discrimination in Current American Society There is no ethnic group, race, or gender immune to discrimination in America. There are many forms of discrimination; the types that I believe to be the most prevalent in the society of the United States are environmental justice issues and reverse discrimination. In effort to eliminate discrimination in the workplace, affirmative action was requested by President Kennedy in the early 1960s. However, the vagueness of this executive order has created unintentional breeding grounds for reverse discrimination. This essay will cover each form of discrimination mentioned, including affirmative action and will provide specific examples of each to help illustrate the various types of discrimination prevalent in American society today. Environmental forms of discrimination are not always obvious and often affect the impoverished. Schaefer (2006) stated,“ Environmental justice refers to the efforts to ensure that hazardous substances are controlled so that all communities receive protection regardless of race or socioeconomic circumstance” (p. 80). Although the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other organizations have taken measures to help ensure that all residents receive access to information regarding their communities; such as health hazards as well as the ability to participate in molding governmental policies that affect the environmental safety of their community. Because environmental discrimination can be difficult to detect, oftentimes this form slips through the cracks of the system. For example, natural gas drilling has been a
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