Solommon Yohannes October 5th, 2017 Sociology& 101 Mr. Woo Racial Inequality Viewed Through the Conflict Perspective Lens The racial inequality that we have in modern day blossomed from the historic oppression and comprehensive prejudice of minority groups. From the very beginning of “American” history, other groups of people who were not of European decent were discriminated against and treated inhumanely and without the smallest regard for their lives. Native American populations were decimated by diseases brought oversea by Europeans and forced from their ancestral lands by settlers to make room for their expanding populations. African people were enslaved by the millions and were used as tools of labor, and weren’t even regarded as humans, …show more content…
I didn’t think that symbolic interaction applied here because it is more of a micro analysis, and structural-functionalism is about how aspects of society are functional and work in harmony, which also does not apply to this topic. This approach is about analyzing the inequalities of aspects in the social world such as race, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation etc., and the issues that stem from them. I believe that in the realm of racial inequality, this perspective ties in with it the most due to the nature of “conflict” that is deeply embedded in its foundation. Racial inequality is an example of social conflict because of the divide that is caused between various races. In this case specifically, the divide between white America and the rest of the minority groups comprising America. There are still factors that have only been erased on the surface but still play a large role in the way that people of color are treated in America, and dictate to a certain extent, compromise the “freedom” that people have. On the other hand, we have white America, who have heightened chances of achieving anything that they please. This does not apply to every white American, as there are also white Americans who are living on or below the poverty line, and much like everybody else must put in a lot of effort to reach certain heights, however they have an advantage over all other denomination of people known as “white privilege” which are the societal benefits that people who can be categorized as “white” enjoy over the rest of the population and in the end, have a higher social status. Ultimately, people of color must work harder, and face many more setbacks in their climb to success than white Americans do, which is not fair,
Jiuqi Wang Prof. Mark Hendrickson Paper May 25th, 2018 A True Civil Rights Fighter—Anne Moody Looking at the history of the United States, racial issues have always existed in almost every historical event. It is still a matter of great concern to people that today’s racial issues still remain. Thousands of people are striving for racial equality and many people gave their precious lives for it. Martin Luther King Jr. has said, “Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral.
Many people don’t realize the harm they cause when calling out a racial immigrant for whom they are. Whether african- americans are being deprived of their rights and privileges based on their ethnic background or simply harmed for being “Super Predators”. Take this for example, about 40% of the prison population were black men versus only 6% percent being white men. Why? Considering that 95% of the prosecutors were white.
Describe structural racial inequity. Why is it important to consider a structural perspective? How does this relate to the sociological imagination? Structural racial inequity is the concept that people of color have lived and continue to live in the most under-resourced communities as a result of the intersection between numerous policies and institutions.
And not only are Black people the only ones seeing the effects of America's discrimination, but almost all races that land in America are seeing this racism when compared to white people. While many people acknowledge the existence of racism, there is often resistance to the concept of white privilege. White privilege refers to the advantages and benefits that white people receive due to their skin color, such as easier access to education, employment, housing, and healthcare among many other examples. These benefits are often unconsciously bestowed upon white people, which makes it difficult for them to acknowledge their existence. White privilege is not about individual experiences or choices, but rather about systemic advantages that have been built up over time and have yet to fall.
Whites are not aware of the privilege they have, simply for the fact that this is their life the majority do not know anything different. When you have been drinking coke every day of your life and everyone else has ben drinking diet coke labeled as coke you wont know the difference. Lipsitz (1995) affirms whiteness is everywhere in US culture, but it is very hard to see. This is how white privilege looks to the average American even though everyone else is not getting the same treat as the whites they do not understand it because they have been treated the same way or so they think their whole life as well. Minorities are getting diet coke their whole life, though they see the whites making more money, and treated better in turn they begin questioning and coming up with the
Inequality has been in existence even before the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964. Slavery has been a result of inequality and even Obama has won office due to inequality. Obama is the first African American president and the majority of African Americans voted for him, which led to his presidential win. Although, Obama has done many wrongdoings like providing Iraq with military grade weapons, but he is still treated fairly by the House of Representatives. If the house had not believed in equality, then Obama would be able to cause The United States to plunder.
Through this reading and the documentary movie that we have watched, it is not hard to figure out how both external and internal factors that formed his personalities. The external factor definitely took a vital part of this formation, since the environment back into that time was hard for African American musicians to gain their rights, and there were so many inequalities existed in the society. It affected his personality for sure by having those experiences. Since he had seen those inequalities happening everywhere to his friends and him, he wanted to fight for their rights, and therefore, it shaped his personality in this way as well. However, as the article has talked about how hard it was for African American musicians only play for love
This can significantly limit a person’s potential who is facing ‘White Supremacy’. This topic is prominent within the public threw institutional racism in social media and the news. Also racialization is significant today as black people receive unequal treatment due to their different characteristics. Even though the Black Lives Matter movement is extremely important and helps in adapting society’s views on racism and how it is wrong, there is still much of it found today. Black people are a “racialized group that are singled out for unequal treatment on the basis of real or imagined physical characteristics”
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
The start of the twentieth century marked the rise of activism for African Americans. As early as the First World War in 1914, African American began to migrate from the South to the North with hopes of escaping the hostile racial climate in the South and obtaining employment opportunities. However, even in the North, African Americans were amid a hostile environment as whites became resentful due to threat of competition for employment and rate of pay. Tension enviably rose between whites and blacks, but with the growing African American population, predominant figures emerged to combat against the racial inequalities. While African Americans migrated from the South to the North, the racial inequalities and violence enabled African Americans
African Americans have been oppressed for over 340 years, by the white community. African Americans have fought endlessly for their rights to give them justice, but the Clergy believe it to be “unwise and untimely” (P.3). They feel the need to tell African Americans to wait, not considering how harmful it is to them. MLk responds to the Clergymen, by giving reasons on why they can’t wait to have equality and justice. The African Americans have been mistreated by white people for years, and have witnessed first hand the brutality that continues to plague them, “when you have seen hate-filled policemen curse,kick,brutalize, and even kill your black brothers and sisters” (P.10).
Midterm Essay It is within our human nature to perceive the world through a racial lens that tints our world black, white, Asian, Mexican, minority, or “other”. The way we are viewed and our impressions of others aid in influencing various aspects of our lives and the lives of those we encounter; from the varieties of jobs we qualify for, the amount of money we make, who we surround ourselves with socially, where we choose to live, our food preferences, the schools we attend, etc. The “all-inclusive” social structure we reside in is impacted by at least one social construction, race. Remarkably enough, most individuals in the United States are mindful of this concept, yet it has failed to be completely dismantled by the society we live in.
Racial Wealth Gap in America Inequality is by no means a new concept within America; from slavery, discrimination, and prejudice, the United States has been quite a playing ground for social inequality. Although slavery was officially abolished in December 1865(“America”), its influence on the U.S. continues to ring through society. Specifically in the case of racial wealth disparity, White Americans continue to hold benefits and privileges that are not given to African Americans. This has left an uneven distribution of wealth between the two.
From this evidence, it was the great and noble american colonists(rich white landowning men) who enslaved the african people and caused them pain for generations to come in the colonies and america. Contrary to the continental congress’ apparent belief that “all men are equal”. At this point, one can make the argument that at the time africans and later black americans were not considered humans, but not even that
Why is there still racial inequality? Racial inequality still exists even after Rosa Parks, Barack Obama, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, James Madison, Malcolm X, and Nelson Mandela tried to stop it. Most African Americans and Hispanics expect for inequality to stop. Because they are most likely to be killed by whites, have no good education, unemployment, incarceration, no good health, and aren't paid that much money.