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Racial Discrimination

Racial discrimination in the United States is discrimination on the basis of an individual’s race, generally manifested in African Americans not receiving jobs, housing, education, and so on, of the same caliber as whites. Due to the unique racial history of the United States, racial discrimination most often refers to the relationship between blacks and whites rather than other ethnicities. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which is responsible for enforcing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibiting discrimination on the basis of, among other things, race and national origin, has lessened the distinctions between race and national origin in recent years and permits claims traditionally categorized as ethnicity or national origin to be brought as race discrimination claims, including those based on categories such as ...

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