How it Feels to be a Minority

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The definition for minority is as follows: a relatively small group of people, especially one commonly discriminated against in a community, society, or nation, differing from others in race, religion, language or political persuasion.

Racial profiling happens to minorities more often than a person thinks. This is what minorities go through on a daily basis:

Black drivers 4.5 percent, were twice as likely as white drivers, 2.1 percent, to be arrested at a traffic stop, while Hispanics, 65 percent, were more likely than White drivers, 56.2 percent, to receive a ticket.

In the United States alone, white people have an unemployment rate of 5.2 percent but African Americans more than double that number at 11.3 percent, followed by 7.4 percent for Hispanic and 4.5 percent for Asians.

Minorities suffer from loss of educational opportunities, a negative psychological impact from being discriminated against, increased number of criminalization and less promotional/work opportunities.

In Hollywood films 13 percent of actors are African American, 5 percent are Hispanic, 5 percent are Asian and 4 percent other, with whites taking the lead at 73 percent.

“When you use the term minority or minorities in reference to people,” Poet Gwendolyn Brooks said. “You’re telling them that they’re less than somebody else.”

In reality, being a minority is beautiful but isn’t the ideal beauty. Being a minority is not being a lazy worker but still getting paid less than a white person. Being a minority is not being a terrorist, but getting categorized as one. Being a minority is being just as qualified to get the job, but the job will be given to a white person. A minority is not someone you should be afraid of because in reality, a minority is just a person.

In order to stop the hostile interactions in the workforce and law enforcement we must bring minority communities together and highlight each problem, understand it and develop a solution. Make your community understand that minorities matter just as much as any other race. Raise those questions no one else dares to ask, “What can we do to help minorities?” “What will change?” Whenever a minority has the chance to speak their mind they need to take that opportunity and run; hopefully 50 years from now minorities will be able to say that they’ve truly changed the world for the better.

Some information courtesy of economic policy institute and civilrights.org

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