Racial relations in America are seen very differently amongst whites and blacks. The vast majority of blacks (88%) feel that America needs to keep pushing racial equality, while only half of whites (53%) feel the same way. The opinion on the quality of black lives in america is staggeringly different, which helps show why there is conflict amongst the races today. "Part of the problem here is that white and black people have such vastly divergent views about the lived black experience in America."
Deputies entered a shack looking for a criminal suspect. They entered without a warrant and the man inside picked up a bb gun in defense. The deputies then fired upon him and his pregnant girlfriend. They both got serious injuries and part of the mans leg was amputated. In the article it states "The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, assumed that the use of force by the deputies had been reasonable once they were inside the shack. But the court said the deputies could nonetheless be sued because they had provoked the confrontation by entering the shack without a warrant."
Famous Athlete Lebron James explains how racism still exists heavily today and how it has affected him and how it will affect his three children in everyday life. "No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, racism continues to thrive here”, and that is isn’t going away any soon”.
Illegal Aliens cost U.S taxpayers $100 billion each year. Border Policy makers argue that tougher border policies cost Americans more money. This is seen in the book, “The Devil’s Highway”. When the border policies become tougher it makes it more difficult for illegal immigrants to cross the border which also leads to more deaths. When illegals die trying to come to America, the U.S ends up paying for funeral costs and flight costs to get the bodies back to Mexico. Also undocumented workers don’t pay taxes which causes Americans to pay more taxes. The states along the border tend to pay the most. "Arizona state treasurer Dean Martin says his state loses between $1.3 billion and $2.5 billion each year on illegal immigrants."
In mexico, there are about 55 million people that are described as being in poverty. The poor people of mexico are being exploited by the 15 millionaires that dominate the country, that are forcing lower class citizens to live under extremely low wages. Many of the millionaires of Mexico own monopolies of certain sectors, examples being Emilio Alcazar owning 80% of the media and television sector and Carlos Slim owning 80% of the phone lines and 70% of mobile lines. With that being said, corruption is making Mexico one of the most corrupt nations in the world, and poor people arent poor because they didn’t work hard; they are poor because the system of Mexico works against them in every way.
Economics don’t always tell why people migrate illegally. Much of the U.S enforcement policies are based on assumptions and fail to recognize the real reasons. A large number of Mexican immigrants only come to the U.S to work for a short period of time. Their focus is to make enough money for their family and then head back to Mexico. Most Mexicans believe that by migrating for work they are helping the U.S rather than hurting it. One of the problems is that, "A lot of Americans think of immigration laws differently from other kinds of laws."
In the article the author states that humans have a natural leaning to make distinctions between us and them. Those distinctions could be positive or negative. Also, he says that at a young age we tend to pay attention to what adults do/say and that has a huge effect on what you think. An example of this is if you had a bad experience with Santa then there is a chance you don’t like anyone with a white beard.
The legal definition of race is what the law makes of it, how the civil rights acts and equality acts have succeeded and have portrayed them and how race is dealt with by not only citizens but officials and that people need to be educated about race. “If journalists and police officers do not know what the definition of racism is, how can they be expected to counter it”.
About 52% of hispanics in the U.S. have experienced discrimination because of their race and ethnicity. 65% if those experienced it between 18 and 29. Hispanics born in the U.S. are more likely to experience discrimination than immigrants. "Hispanics are significantly less likely than blacks (71%) to say they have experienced discrimination or unfair treatment due to their race or ethnicity at some point in their lives." In 2015 about 56.6 million Hispanics lived in the U.S.. In 2014 there were about 19.3 million Hispanic immigrants which was nearly half of the nation’s total immigrant population.
The article talks about how the U.S. immigration policy wants to deport over 11 million illegal immigrants. But if the government were to site immigrants as "permanent noncitizen residents." which would enable them to become citizens once they go through the procedures to become one, unlike green card holders are unable to become citizens. .