Conclusion: Diversity in the Future



Discrimination on the basis of race, in the United States and elsewhere, is a tenacious social pathology that has plagued Western civilization. It is among the most potent topics for public discussion, in particular among interracial audiences. Most scholars trace the origins of discrimination to the Atlantic slave trade and European colonization. Subsequently, African-Americans are cast as victims and Euro-Americans by way of the slave trade as the perpetrators of African-American victimization. Eventually such victimization spread to other non-European, non-biracial, male, gay, and lesbian immigrant populations, whose demographic status located them on the periphery of the Western power structure. However, the origin of racial and other forms of discrimination is much more extensive than the Western power structure, which historically Western scholars in particular have been unwilling to acknowledge.


Skin Color Racial Discrimination Environmental Domination Light Skin Bell Curve 
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  1. 1.School of Social WorkMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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