Conflict theory has been used to describe the discrepancies in power and distribution of resources among the dominate group and the subordinate groups. Racial inequalities and racism among the groups has played a big role in the concept of conflict theory. Conflict theory examines the rising conflict between the dominate group, or white ruling class, and racial minorities, such as African Americans. This conflict and inequality among the races may be a reason why 20.2 percent of African American males die by homicide. In fact, African Americans are six times as likely as whites to be killed by homicide.
In Alan Paton’s Cry, the Beloved Country, we see how black communities were subjected to segregation, inequality, and a rising crime rate. A few of the most controversial laws that took place during the apartheid include; The Race Classification Act, The Mixed Marriages Act, and the Group Areas Act. The Race Classification Act divided all citizens into different racial classes, examples being White, Black and Indian… (Etc.). The Mixed Marriages Act prohibited marriage between those of different racial classes. And finally, the Group Areas Act appointed segregated areas for housing and services for each race.
Racism is a concept based on power and oppression, and ultimately white people are the ones that hold that power and use it to oppress people of color. The only reason why the term "reverse racism" is resonating so much among white people in America right now is because of the blatant incidents of racism against people of color that have become too frequent to ignore, as for example "the police beating death of Ottawa man Abdirahman Abdi, or the fatal shooting of Colten Boushie, an Indigenous man from Saskatchewan" (Krishnan, 2016). Now that the color communities are willing to interrogate issues of racism more openly, the white community pushes back claiming that the rebellion of people of color against the white privilege is an attack against their race. But facts are not racists, they are just hard to
Racial conflict approach is a sociological perspective that looks at disparity and tension between different races or ethnic groups. Racial conflict can be seen in things such as the shooting of blacks by white police officers, gang violence, slavery and more. Throughout time this can be seen with things such as the enslavement of the native americans and then the ware that later happened or the enslavement of the blacks and the later war to free them and even today there are police shootings and and gang violence. People have had this problem since we could remember because of how we are humans are grouped animals and we dislike or distrust things that are not in our group. This happens when we define someone or something as
Hund and Charles W Mills explore the origin of the racist simile that non-blacks use. It was thought that Africans are the product of sexual unions with animals and consequently they became associated with beasts. Durrell describes Africans in an identical manner: “we Europeans in such disharmony with the fearful animal health of the blacks around us” (56). He gives Africans an animalistic trait as if they are as the myth says, children of beasts. The scholars continue saying that Africa was labelled “as a contagious continent incubating pestilences of all sorts in hot muggy jungles”.
Shigenobu highlights the usage of slavery by European and American imperialists to underline the belief of Whites that they are the superior race. Even after the abolishment of slavery we still see massive amounts of racially motivated hate crimes occurring throughout the United States and throughout Europe. This is indicative of the lasting effects of colonialism in the lives of all those involved in its practice. Racism and the idea of superior and inferior races permeates the lives of both the colonized and the
I use the term race as only to define the one varied characteristic, skin color. This one difference was used to drive a wedge within everyone’s comprehension of physical characteristics and create a separate and unequal category, black. This separate category was created in the name of science and used to perpetrate countless atrocities and enslavement against a continent of
Racial identity plays a role in the physical and psychological features of humans. Physically, humans in different parts of the globe endure different conditions and environments. Humans adapt to their environments and obtain different physical traits, henceforth, these physical traits have become adjacent to race. Psychologically, ancestral prejudices and influences throughout history have lingered through the generations and have impacted modern racial identities and tensions. Ethnic conflicts of the past such as the Social Darwinist theory of a "superior race" are morally refuted in current times, but that assumption had a brunt impact in which the world is still repairing today.
This injustice can truly be seen through the misconduct imposed toward the African American community. Michelle Alexander, similarly, points out the same truth that African American men are targeted substantially by the criminal justice system due to the long history leading to racial bias and mass incarceration within her text “The New Jim Crow”. Both Martin Luther King Jr.’s and Michelle Alexander’s text exhibit the brutality and social injustice that the African American community experiences, which ultimately expedites the mass incarceration of African American men, reflecting the current flawed prison system in the U.S. The American prison system is flawed in numerous ways as both King and Alexander points out. A significant flaw that was identified is the injustice of specifically targeting African American men for crimes due to the racial stereotypes formed as a result of racial formation.
Not only did whites have black people to oppress, but also millions of brown people in the former Spanish lands. All this led to more verbal abuse and murders of colored people. The Spanish American War was said to educate the native people, but it actually created more racism in our