Racial Equality in America.

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The Declaration of Independence teaches American citizens "All men are created equal." Through this ideal, we infer that we each have an equal opportunity to live "The American Dream" of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Despite laws that date back to the constitution of the United States of America, racial equality is still absent from today's society. Only those who choose not to look, and the naíve, believe that humankind has evolved to a standard that does not judge based on skin color, or ethnic background. We only need to recall the dozens of black churches that were burned in the south during the early nineties, or remember that a black man was dragged to his death behind a pickup truck and even the Native American beat to death by a man with a baseball bat, both victims of a vicious hate crime not even five years ago.

The original groups of inhabitants in North America were Native Americans. These Native people lost much of their land and many of their lives to the vicious European invasions. Many groups of immigrants came to America, yet each group had left their native country for various reasons and under various circumstances. Some immigrant groups entered America as slaves, others came to work at low paying labor jobs, and some came as entrepreneurs. These various groups were discriminated against at varying level, depending on the resources the group brought with them. Those immigrants who made the journey to America on their own freewill with economic resources found that it was much easier to find good jobs than those immigrants with less than such freewill and resources. The waves of immigrant migration to North America were steady for almost 200 years. The onset of this immigration was truly...