African American Ethnography Analysis

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An African-American ethnography helps reveal African Americans’ cultural framework and values that guide their behaviors in a multitude of social contexts. A few noteworthy principles include the importance of family structures and education, the notion that limited resources result in missed opportunities and the idea that African-Americans are undervalued and not respected in society (Kennedy et. al., 2007). In America and European countries, Africans are always oppressed and experience tremendous counts of inequality. Inequality as defined in lecture is “a difference that is meaningful and results in or produces hierarchical power relations,” which renders African Americans unable to oppress non-Black people in the same sense that they are…show more content…
Income inequality and segregation has and will have a dramatic effect on upward social mobility and opportunity equality for kids. More families live in uniformly affluent neighborhoods or in uniformly poor neighborhoods and fewer of them live in mixed or moderate-income neighborhoods. Even when poor and wealthier schoolchildren live in the same school district, they are increasingly likely to attend separate and unequal schools (Curtis, 2017). Lower-income kids need not only talk but also all the help that they can get to break out of the cycle of opportunity inequality that victimizes them in this day and age. Over the past several decades an “opportunity gap” has grown between kids from “have” and “have not” backgrounds. That gap appears to continue to widen. Many politicians and analysts would rather not address the power imbalances that have channeled so much of our economic growth to the highest-income families. They are much more inclined on focusing on the benign-sounding theme of “wealth creation” or insisting that economic growth alone can improve mobility without any redistribution of resources or political power. Socioeconomic status is unfortunately the strongest predictor of a child’s academic achievement, as decades of social science research have found. A child’s income rank—her family’s income relative to the household income of other families—makes a…show more content…
This emotional disconnect is the conclusion of living a life oblivious to the fact that their skin color is the norm and all others deviate from it. “At best, white people have been taught not to mention that people of color are “different” in case it offends blacks. They truly believe that the experiences of their life as a result of their skin color can and should be universal. Because most whites are not affected by inequality it is hard for them to come to terms that not everyone experiences the world in the way that they do. They’ve never had to think about what it means, in power terms, to be white, so any time they’re vaguely reminded of this fact, they interpret it as an affront. The journey towards understanding structural racism still requires people of color to prioritize white feelings. It is important to remember that the majority of whites have never known what it means to embrace a person of color as a true equal, with thoughts and feelings that are as valid as their own. Furthermore, social media has aided in the expansion of oppressed voices being heard by providing them a platform to discuss diverse social topics including system racism, economic justice, mass incarceration, oppression, and self-empowerment. This will hopefully increase the awareness of inequalities
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