Discrimination (noun): the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex. (Webster Dictionary). Ever wonder what it is like to be considered as a minority? Imagine being left out and discriminated against just because of race. Imagine someone who earns less income, doesn't get into college, or doesn't get a job just because of race. This is actually how African Americans are being treated even today. "Every day, a resume of a black-sounding name is 50 percent less likely to get responded to than a white-name resume." (Jalen Ross). Prejudice has been around forever in the United States and undoubtedly, there needs to be an adjustment. “If current economic trends continue, the average black household will need 228 years to accumulate as much wealth as their white counterparts hold today.” (Joshua Holland). Only 60 years ago did segregation exist. This means that many Africans Americans are still suffering from the feelings and effects of racism. Relatives that are still alive today have lived in segregation. There needs to be a change in how people judge other citizens just because of skin color.
Today, African Americans at least legally can apply and be hired for any job. However, in the Civil Rights era, African Americans were discriminated against and denied jobs even if they were able to do them. even. Even after emancipation, “whites attempted to limit blacks to menial jobs. Throughout the late nineteenth century and well into the twentieth, blacks as a group were barred from machine work within the industrial sector, and from white-collar clerical and service work.” (Prospect.org). Back in the Civil Rights era, African Americans were discriminated against in almost every white collar work. As stated, today African Americans are allowed to obtain any job. According to The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, “The NBA was 74.3 percent black during the 2015-16 season and 81.7 percent were people of color. The study said that the NBA was 18.3 percent white last season, which was 5 percent less than the season before. The league was also a record 22.3 percent international last season.” (The Undefeated). While today it is illegal to discriminate against a person because of their skin color and legally African Americans can get any job they want, that doesn't mean they are not discriminated against still. African Americans are still hired a lot less than whites. Even when hired, they may be given less favorable work or treated with less respect. They often are paid less for the same work. This explains why whites remain far more privileged than African Americans even today.