Racism in the United States  

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Racism in the United States has been a major issue in America since the colonial era. Historically, the country has been dominated by a settler society of religiously and ethnically diverse Whites. Major racially structured institutions include slavery, settlement, Indian reservations, segregation, residential schools (for American Indians), and internment camps. Racial stratification has occurred in employment, housing, education and government. Although racial discrimination was largely criminalized in the mid-20th century, major inequalities persist.

The heaviest burdens of racism in the country have fallen upon Native Americans, Asian Americans, African Americans, Latin Americans and some other immigrant groups and their descendants. Racist attitudes, or prejudice, are still held by substantial portions of the population. Members of every American ethnic group have perceived racism in their dealings with other groups.

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