Racial/Ethnicity Paper America unifies and divides its inhabitants across the globe by race, class, and gender. Race is synonymous to the headings atop the aisles within a supermarket in that it describes the biological features of a human being, namely skin color, eye, and hair color, as well as, genetic predisposition to specific diseases. However, unlike the labels above each aisle of a store, race influences the social hierarchy of our world, conferring power and privilege to select groups while simultaneously denying unalienable rights to others. Ethnicity, on the other hand, is synonymous to the varieties of culinary cuisine accessible at restaurants all over the world, American, Italian, Chinese, Mexican, African, Jamaican, Cuban, Mediterranean,
White privilege and racial inequality is an epidemic in this country that effects countless citizens. It has been ignored for years but now, in this time of great social change, this issue is at the forefront. Racial inequality has been around for centuries and it is about time that our society deals with it. One can see it nearly everywhere he or she looks. It can be seen in the news, in the justice system, in our work force, and so on.
Fall 2015-Soc 100-35W 10/15 Week Seven Discussion Samantha Henry Sociologist argue that race is a social construct and not a part of our innate natural behavior. Then why is racial identification so prevalent in modern day society? That’s because at young ages we are taught by television, movies, books, newspapers, parents, teachers, friends and other sources what race is.
Every day over 352,000 babies are born. The second these babies enter the world, the opportunities and privileges given to them vary but are set at their birth. Privilege constantly determines opportunities whether the individual can help it or not, and it is revealed constantly throughout our country's history. In the past privilege has affected minorities lives and their opportunities in careers, freedom of speech, and much more. Unconscious biases and privileges are still very well present today but not as obvious.
Racism and discrimination have been used as a powerful weapon encouraging fear or hatred if others in times of conflict and war”. Many people today and even back when Bobo was a child have been raised upon living in a generation of black versus white until independence. There is always going to be some type of racism no matter where you go, as Bobo showed throughout the whole first half of the book, racism was major in her schools until the day of independence. If we did not live in a world of separating everything and working together there would be no issue with racism.
The notion that anyone who works hard enough will be rewarded has been made difficult for the individuals that are not defined as white by the social construction of race which comes from society’s beliefs, racism and stereotypes. Being white comes with numerous privileges like higher education and citizenship and other supplementary increased equities that people of color don’t receive. In the video, the narrator states “immigrants were learning that whiteness was more than skin color. It was the privilege of opportunity. And above all, exclusive.”
Has Racism Changed Since the 1900 Racism is prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one 's own race is superior. This used to be very bad in the 1900’s. But overall we can say racism has tremendously changed.
Privilege, for lack of a better word, is power. In sociology, this power is seen as what one group has over the other. W.E.B DuBois thought of privilege as emotional/psychological, i.e. knowing what one is not. What are some examples of this? You have straight privilege where you don’t have to worry about coming out or have your right to marry be debated (your heterosexuality has power over other sexualities); if you are thin, you’re not shamed often for your weight be it in what you buy or your clothing size (you being thin has power over those that are not); if you are able bodied, you require no assistance with daily tasks and are often included when group activities occur (you being able bodied have power over the dis/abled).
Racism is all around the world, and in today’s society, it is modernized and acknowledged as White Privilege. White Privilege is the act of benefiting people identified as caucasian, non-white individuals experience the negative effects of it. White privilege is an unearned asset that the white has access to just based on the color of their skin. White privilege can be displayed in a variety of ways, for example, A white manager having to decide in between a white and black candidate for a higher level position, regardless of the qualification, the white candidate will conquer the job. White privilege discriminates and the Caucasians become so used to the special treatment that they would fault the “others” for not working hard enough
I have many specific highlights from the workshop that I would like to reflect on. Over the course of the weekend I found myself moving through different cycles of understanding and growth. When I find myself with larger numbers of people I often experience a state of “otherness,” generated by the initial anxiety of being with hundreds of people I don’t know. After some of the exercises I noticed my anxiety lessen, the work helped me reconnect with my place in humanity, through a sense of camaraderie with others, realizing our sameness instead of focusing on differences. During the first evening, a vin diagram was drawn which outlined ways to slow down Industrial Growth Society, combining Holding Actions, New Ways of Doing Things and Shift