Sociological Imagination In The Race Talk

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While many would assume that the meaning of race is simple and straightforward, the truth is that the meaning and significance of race is socially constructed; therefore, the best way to go about analyzing and understanding race, especially within an individual family, is by using a sociological imagination. When using a sociological imagination, one is able to identify the relationship between personal experience and social forces within a given situation and/or problem. Because of this, I’ve decided to interview David, an 18-year-old male, who was brought up in a Columbian-American household, but considers himself primarily white. Interestingly enough, the sociological concepts that was most predominate throughout the interview were white privilege and self-hatred, which was also noted in “The Race Talk” as being an important aspect to consider when discussing race. Because these concepts aren’t developed overnight, using the sociological…show more content…
When focusing on the personal aspect of this situation, David explains that he was never fully exposed to his Columbian culture, or forced to partake in Columbian traditions. He states that whenever he was exposed to it, he always felt a “disconnect,” as he was barely able to communicate in Spanish. Clearly, this lack of cultural exposure and knowledge contributed greatly to his preference of white culture, since that was the culture in which he was raised. As for the social aspect, our society undoubtedly holds white culture as the desired standard and belittles anyone outside of this white culture. Society maintains minorities inferior mainly through the use of stereotypes, so it is easy to see how and why David developed self-hatred—he does not want to be associated with the negative connotations that come with being

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