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  1. American history
  2. An international phenomenon

Does racism still prevail in the US? The last election in the United States was a forceful reminder that race and gender have always played a role in the American elections and, more generally, in the American society. It is only in 1920 that American women were allowed to vote and much later in 1964 that Blacks were treated as citizens with rights akin to his Anglo Saxon counterparts. On the other hand, a lot of examples around the world show that misogyny and racism are not exclusive to America.

Let us retrace American history. The Civil War(1861-1865) resulted in the abolition of slavery. However, African Americans continued to languish as second class citizens until the Civil Right Act in 1964. In fact, since the creation of the modern America, the (male) white Anglo-Saxon Protestants have monopolized all branches of society. For instance, they wield substantial political clout and are very active in the Ivy League universities.

[...] Race and gender as structuring factors in elections: A typical American reality? The last election in the United States was a forceful reminder that race and gender have always played a role in the American elections and, more generally, in the American society. It is only in 1920 that American women were allowed to vote and much later in 1964 that Blacks were treated as citizens with rights akin to his Anglo Saxon counterparts. On the other hand, a lot of examples around the world show that misogyny and racism are not exclusive to America. [...]

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