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Define the following terms:
|White privilege||Rights or immunities granted as a particular benefit or favor for being White (Schaefer, 2012).|
|Racial profiling||Any arbitrary police-initiated action based on race, ethnicity, or natural origin rather than a person’s behavior (Schaefer, 2012).|
|Racism||A doctrine of racial supremacy that states one race is superior to another (Schaefer, 2012).|
|Reverse discrimination||Actions that cause better-qualified White men to be passed over for women and minority men (Schaefer, 2012).|
Complete the following using the MySocLab Social Explorer Map: Income Inequality by Race located on your student website:
- Select 1 racial group from the list below:
- African American
- Asian American
- Arab American
- Hispanic American/Latino
- Write a 250- to 350-word summary of the economic, social, and political standings of that group. Use additional resources if necessary, from the University Library or your textbooks.
White/Caucasian people are the largest and the majority race of the United States. The economic status of an average white American is middle to upper class. However, there are white/Caucasian Americans that are very underprivileged just like any other race that is poor in America. The economic status of Caucasian people has been very random throughout history. They have had great success with booming stocks, new forms of media, and factories being opened on U.S. soil. Economic status has become a very high priority to White Americans because of the way it has segregated people among the same race. Financial segregation has become more popular over the years and can separate people by neighborhood, schools, and cars. White/Caucasian people have many types of social interactions and many people have come to admire and look up to White Americans who are more social. I believe there are just as many White/Caucasian Americans who dislike social activities as there is who like them. Being White in the United States may not assure success and wealth but it does avoid encountering a lot of intolerance (Schaefer, 2012). Many people believe that being White or successful in establishing a White identity carries distinctive advantages such as being considered financially reliable when using checks, credit cards, or cash, speaking effectively in a large group, or you can seek assistance of any kind without your race working against you. Many believe that being White/Caucasian does carry some privileges to their race, but most White people don’t think of themselves that way.
Answer the following in 150 to 250 words each:
- How do racial groups interact in contemporary America? Are interactions positive, negative, or neutral? Support your response using proper citations.
Racial groups interact in contemporary America in a positive and a negative way. They act positively when they can interact with people of different races. Blacks and whites people can act well around each other in this day and time because the races are starting to have blurred lines when it comes to their race. More blacks and whites are marrying and having babies with each other which are helping race rations. Now, on the other hand racial groups are still fighting against each other on a growing rate. Blacks and whites are still blaming each other for problems that are going on. Whites blame blacks for the crime and drugs rates that are on the rise and blacks are blaming whites for the poverty and joblessness that they have. Also in Los Angeles for example, racial tensions between African Americans, Caucasians, and Hispanics run high, so everyone is very tense and not very welcome around anyone else. The major point here is that there are so many different cultures here in America that every one of them will act differently or similarly from and to one another based on what they think of a particular racial group. It all depends on what racial you group are asking about, and where that group tends to be located.
- Are there existing social inequities based on race? Why or why not?
There have always been social inequities based on race in America. There are many people that believe that Caucasians have an advantage no matter what happens, because they are not a minority race. It is believed by some that Caucasians, on average, make more money, so they can afford better education for their families, better judges when they break the law, and that they have an upper hand in getting jobs because so many employers are white and willing to hire based off of one’s skin color. On one hand you have the majority group that control which social laws are going to apply to which group. The majority group can base their inequities on racial prejudice or just out of discrimination or ignorance. When society misunderstands the culture and customs of a group this too can create inequities between the races. I have seen society as a whole turn on one culture in particular based on the actions of a few radicals. In America today people have turned its nose up at the Muslims faith, because of what happened during 9/11. There is no real reason to hate the whole muslins faith because of the acts of some radicals but they have.
- What do you believe to be the causes of racial prejudice and discrimination in today’s society?
I believe that the causes of racial prejudice and discrimination in today society are ignorance, not understanding the cultures and customs of others, and fear. Let’s start with the prejudice which is a negative attitude towards an entire category of people. The majority group seems to always have a negative attitude towards a minority group for some reason. Next, there is discrimination which is the denial of opportunities and equal rights to individuals and groups because of this prejudice. First you have a negative attitude and then you deny people the opportunities and equal rights. The majority group is strange when it comes to this stuff. None of this negative attitude or the denial of equal right is based on any fact. Usually this stuff is brought on by one negative act against one person. Something bad could have happened to one person and they will hold on to that for a long time and in turn will pass that hatred on to the next generation and so on and so on. This is just the next step in the racially problem which is ignorance which is a state of being uninformed. Now finally there comes the misunderstanding of other people cultures and custom. The majority group has long sense misunderstood the cultures and customs of other groups. Most of that is because they never try to understand. They only believe that all people should be what the majority group says they should be.
Schaefer, R. T. (2012). Racial and Ethnic Groups (13th ed.). Pearson Education. Retrieved from ETH/125 Class Materials