A lot of the Historical events, Rules and laws still impact us today.
Sometimes it seems as if people still believe the past law. Many of the jobs and careers, and getting raises and not all seem to be outdated, as race seems to obviously be a reason to not give people a better job or part.
A lot of people are biased and also ethnocentric. In some way being in the states being white is a culture and they believed that their culture was better than others. So they tried to assimilate, or fix, or rid of people that don't think alike.
I'll be very truthful, this issues isn't only in States, I traveled abroad and also noticed many of similar issues in Japan as well.
Not only are people ethnocentric, but they usually have stereotypes of certain group of people. These stereotypes could be positive or negative. However, when people don't fit with even the stereotypes and expectation, people who believe in the stereotype can't accept that people are and can be different. They don't understand that I, or you, or anyone is one person from multiple and millions of people.
Minorities are still being used around, as "majorities" like. People say Minorities are taking jobs, but who's gonna be working the road, and gardens, even the fields and farms if, everyone just sitting around in their office. I think when they say "Minorities are taking their job" they're saying it because minorities are trying to get better paying jobs, and support their family. However, in many cases minorities are discriminated and can't go above the poverty line, get an equal paying job, or live a "Normal" life.
I was born in America so I'm a legal citizen however my parents are immigrants. It always surprise me how it's not as easy as just jumping on a plane and coming in. That being said, there's still a fear factor of going through immigration with the border patrol/ security. The officers sitting in the counter stamping visa and what not, there's a fear of what could possibly happen. In many ways this fear is being used to control us. Being Asian American I feel this at both Japan and American gates at the airport. Being a minority, the way we live and feel is definitely different. Things that may seem obvious or normal may be different.
I may be Japanese or American but I don't live in the same worlds as 100% Americans or 100% Japanese. We have different perspectives and are viewed differently, and sadly people who are privileged don't understand that.