America: Segregation within Ideological Equality

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Throughout history, America has been the place where all immigrants were welcomed with open arms. If anyone in his or her country faced oppression, persecution, tyranny or any other subjugation, he or she could flee from his or her country to bask in liberty and equality. Even in today's society, the norms and laws are more lenient than most countries' laws. The American culture promises the ideological theory of equal treatment for all races and ethnicities.

What exactly is equality? The term equality is defined as having one measure; the same in magnitude, quantity, degree, worth, etc. How can a country [the US] claim to have equality when it consists of several different nationalities from different backgrounds, which come from different corners of the world, different cultures, norms and laws? For instance, it is like me--a person from the United States--meeting somebody whom I do not know from Zimbabwe and claiming equality.

There is already separation from that particular individual and myself. The only similarity between us would be that we are of the same species known as a human being. So, according to the definition of equality, we do not have one measure, degree or even worth.

Of course, there have been laws passed concerning the inclusion of the minority population in occupational organizations and in higher educational institutions; however, in my opinion, the percentage demanded by the government is being reached, but not exceeded. It seems to me that the law did what it was supposed to do, but now the issue may be that perhaps more qualified minorities are being discriminated from particular occupations because the minority demands have already been met. Somehow, it is clear that employers already possess an ideal perception of an employee by his or her professional "look" and are willing to surrender...