Argumentative Essay On Race And Ethnicity

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Chapter 11 was about Race and Ethnicity overall. Race was once determined by your ancestral tree and your family ties but has changed to a more current definition today that defines race as a physical trait like skin color. Ethnicity is used to talk about a shared culture among people. I first had a problem with the definition of minority groups. The term itself is negative it is defined as “any group of people who, because of their physical or cultural characteristics, are singled out from the others in the society in which they live for differential and unequal treatment, and who therefore regard themselves as objects of collective discrimination.” People throw around this word in today 's society like it means something else and in some cases…show more content…
The book says Prejudice refers to the beliefs, thoughts, feelings, and attitudes someone holds about a group. Prejudice is a prejudgment on a group of people which you know what the say about assuming. Now racism is a stronger form of prejudice which justifies the emotion of being superior to another race, this way of thinking is relevant in the United Stated with the different social movements that happen in different states. Like broad racism there is such thing as institutional racism that has roots in society itself and will not be affected easily. One thing that i thought was really interesting is the term Colorism this term is a form of prejudice that more people should be familiar with only because it Colorism that affects many people in the United States. When someone says that person is racist it is more commonly that that is more leaning toward Colorism than…show more content…
Discrimination is not something that will just go away because it is so embedded into today 's society. Different forms of discrimination that are relevant in society are Racial steering and white privilege. Once again Functionalism and Conflict theory are relevant once again in the scope of sociology. Functionalism says that racism is a part of society and that it is there for a reason considering the many societal changes that Martin Luther King Jr and his associates made during the civil rights

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