Define the following terms:
Racial formation |The process where individuals are divided and categorized by mutable rules into different racial categories.
Segregation The physical and social separation of categories of people.
De jure segregation The physical and social separation of categories of people by law
Pluralism A state in which people of all racial and ethnic categories have about the same overall social standing.
Assimilation Is the process by which minorities gradually adopt cultural patterns from the ...view middle of the document...
Caucasions are not the majority because of their number in population but because of their social standards in the United States. Most caucasion peoples ancesteral background is a European background however can also have a Native american indian background due to the fact that when the Europeans came to the "new land" in search of treasure and things like the fountain of youth they found this part of the world known as north america they settled, raged war on the natives and even impregnated them. As all this went on there were more and more caucasion people in the United states causing the majority population to become caucasion. However even though the we consider the majority of the population to be caucasion when we look at the numbers the people we classify as minorities are actually the majority.
• What are some of the larger racial minorities in U.S. history? What have been the common ancestral backgrounds of each of these groups? When did each become a significant or notable minority group?
• In what ways have laws been used to enforce discrimination? Provide examples. These laws were intended against which racial minorities?
• In what ways have laws been used to eliminate discrimination? Provide examples. Did the laws work to eliminate discrimination?