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To what extent are ethnic minorities treated equally in Britain and America today?

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"To what extent are ethnic minorities treated equally in Britain and America today?" Many years ago there was a huge divide between Afro-Caribbean's and white people, due to the colour of a persons skin and the rights people of a different minority were allowed. During the slave trade in America people of ethnic minorities (afro-Caribbean's) were sold to white men, so they could use them as slaves. They were made to work on plantations for very low pay. The slaves were never treated in a nice way, the owner of the slave would show violence to them. During these times people of ethnic minorities had no rights at all. They were given new names by their owned most of these names were never very nice. In 1866 civil right laws were introduced and passed by the government, this meant slaves, afro - Caribbean's were now allowed to vote. Racial discrimination was still quite bad and there were obviously people that didn't agree with this idea. ...read more.


He did many protests and speeches on this matter to try and end racial discrimination, and even though this never actually happened, his work helped make this issue become less common. Looking at how racial discrimination was many years ago and how it is today, it is not as big an issue like it used to be and there is no longer segregation in Britain or America. However there are still certain groups around today that still discriminate against blacks, but not as bad as it used to be. One of these groups is the British National Party, also known as the BNP, who believe in traditional British culture and think that anyone of another minority, e.g. Indians, Pakistanis, Afro - Caribbean's, shouldn't be allowed in our country, as they do not have English roots. This is still discrimination towards ethnic minorities, but it is nowhere near as bad as how it used to be. In 2007 there was a big issue on the reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother there was an Indian lady on the show Shilpa Shetty and Jade Goody, where Jade called Shilpa an offensive name. ...read more.


Today discrimination against ethnic minorities are no longer as bad as they were, a good thing that has happened recently is the election or Barak Obama. He is the first president of the USA to be of a different ethnic minority. Maybe now the discrimination against different ethnic minorities will almost completely stop. To answer the question, 'to what extent are ethnic minorities treated equally in Britain and America today', we can see that there has been a dramatic change in views and in ways we treat people of different races. We no longer have to have segregation to separate us and political correctness has been introduced to try and help people become nicer towards one another and not be offensive. Although these things have been introduced, we still see violence on the news about racial attacks, especially in the southern states of America where racial discrimination is still a huge problem. Ethnic minorities are generally treated a lot better nowadays, except for a few exceptions that do a occur in everyday life, but we are all the same and should all be treated equally in everything we do, whether we are black or white, skin colour shouldn't matter. ...read more.

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