Racism In Sociology

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Staten Island teen dies from asthma while fleeing racist crew waving gun; ‘I’m gonna shoot you, nigga!’ This story is taken from New York daily news June 3rd 2016.

Staten Island is one out of the five boroughs in New York City.Witnesses described seeing a young teenaged boy running from a group of caucasians shouting racial statements while waving a gun. He died from an asthma attack while trying to flee from the group. Sixteen year old Dayshen McKenzie, was asthmatic, a basketball player and aspiring rapper who attended Curtis High School. According to Tisha Richardson, (his mother) he forgot his asthma inhaler when he and six of his friends went to a fast food outlet, Checkers.
Harry Smith, age 19, was one of the
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Racism and discrimination can take many different forms and can have a negative effect on one’s career, health, and personal development. This paper will use sociological principles in order to analyze examples of the way various aspects of one’s life may be affected by discrimination, prejudice and racist behaviour.

Issues of race and ethnic issues can be looked at from conflict theory, a functionalist perspective and the symbolic interactionist perspective.

The functionalist perspective, also called functionalism, is one of the major theoretical perspectives in sociology. It has its origins in the works of Emile Durkheim, who was especially interested in how social order is possible or how society remains relatively stable. As such, it is a theory that focuses on the macro-level of social structure, rather than the micro-level of everyday life. Notable theorists include Herbert Spencer, Talcott Parsons, and Robert K. Merton. Functionalism interprets each part of society in terms of how it contributes to the stability of the whole
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Thus, the three perspectives mentioned, each viewed racial discrimination in a different way.

References

Crossman Ashely | Definition of Functionalism | about.com | retrieved from http://sociology.about.com/od/Sociological-Theory/a/Functionalist-Theory.htm

Functionalist on racism | David, E. J. R. Internalized Oppression: The Psychology of Marginalized

Source: Boundless. “The Functionalist Perspective.” Boundless Sociology. Boundless, 26 May. 2016. Retrieved 13 Jun. 2016 from https://www.boundless.com/sociology/textbooks/boundless-sociology-textbook/race-and-ethnicity-10/sociological-perspectives-on-race-and-ethnicity-83/the-functionalist-perspective-484-6546/

Conflict Theory Definition | Investopedia http://www.investopedia.com/terms/c/conflict-theory.asp#ixzz4BRil7B00

Conflict theory | Introduction to Sociology Keirns, Nathan J., Eric Strayer, Heather Griffiths, Susan Cody-Rydzewski, Gail Scaramuzzo, Tommy Sadler, and Sally Vyain.

Griffin, E. (1997). A first look at Communication Theory. New York: The McGraw-Hill Companies.

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