Racism is still a problem in progressive countries today, especially the United States. Although not as apparent and as blatant as the 18th and 19th century slavery in the secessionist states, the problem of racism is still as considerable as it was back in those times — only, this time it is obscured to subtlety in the policy of capitalism. The capitalist economy and way of living has encouraged stiff competition among capitalists or moneymakers, but more so among the poor and working class. This situation is particularly unfair for people of color: the non-White workers and laborers.

When perceived from other countries, the United States seems to be a haven for migrant workers and for international careers. But if we look more closely, things may not be what they seem for non-White workers in the US. On the outside, there may openness in the acceptance of workers regardless of race and there seems to be diversity in race among the difference company workforce. However, the working atmosphere and situation of each worker in the workforce may vary, and usually not to the benefit of colored workers. African-Americans, Latin-Americans and Asian-Americans usually earn less than their Caucasian peers and counterparts. In terms of work assignments and division of labor, Caucasian workers have more advantageous working positions, conditions and job specifications than their non-Caucasian counterparts; laborers who are Caucasian also tend to have less labor-intensive tasks as compared to non-Caucasian laborers. If there is a disparity in the advantages or privileges given workers of different races, there is also inequality in terms of drawbacks and sanctions against different workers. Non-Caucasian workers tend to get reprimanded, sanctioned and fired more often than their Caucasian peers. Statutory benefits are also unequally provided for a racially diverse group of workers, with the Caucasians tending to get the complete package and the other races lacking a benefit or two.

The justice system has also been blighted by the plague of racism. The principle of equality and justice for all seems to be all but empty provision of the principles of the justice system. Racial discrimination can be experienced from law enforcement until the justice or judiciary system. In urban areas, more non-Caucasians, particularly African-Americans and Latin-Americans are arrested and incarcerated for crimes and felonies than their Caucasian counterparts or neighbors. Again, this can be traced back to capitalism and its unequal implementation among races. Non-Caucasians are frequently marginalized in the society and their basic necessities, benefits and social welfare are difficult to obtain. Thus, a considerable number of non-Caucasian workers live in the urban-poor areas or in substandard housing sites. It comes as no surprise that poverty is highly correlated to crime, all in part due to racism and its toleration or promotion by capitalism. In the justice system, African-Americans and Hispanics have higher conviction rates than Caucasians and are subject to more frequent abuses and maltreatments (as compared to Caucasians) in the criminal justice system: from arrest, to litigation, to conviction and to incarceration.

I have intentionally used the terms “African-American”, “Latin-American”, “Asian-American” and “Caucasian” not to racially charge this article, but to specifically indicate and delineate the common players in the racism problem. This article has no intention of tolerating or condoning racism, nor is it a form radical or extremist commentary. It as an article that attempts to objectively present the pressing problem of racism to the common reader, in the hopes of raising awareness among the people concerned and eventually stop this recurrent problem once and for all.

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