Benchmark – Social Problem Final EssaySage Arianna K. Aiwohi-SenoCollege of Humanities and Social Sciences, Grand Canyon UniversitySOC-220: Social ProblemsDeborah WilsonMarch 14, 20211
Social Problem Final EssaySocial issues may arise when a group of dominant persons perceives a social condition asdamaging toward their beliefs. In addition to this, problems may take place when the conditionaffects a significant number of people, and when the condition can be addressed by publicintervention. (Sullivan, 2016). In America, there are numerous socio-economic issues such asracial inequality, racial discrimination, substance addiction, alcohol abuse, poverty, humantrafficking, and other disparities to which many Americans fall victim too. Since the topic ofracial inequality and discrimination has been in existence since before the start of the UnitedStates and is especially a trending topic in the United States in the past year, it is very importantto discuss and try to understand why this occurs. The purpose of this essay is to examine theimpact of social phenomenon regarding racial inequality and racial discrimination from macroand micro levels, how it aligns with the theoretical perspective of functionalism, and potentialremedies to this social problem.Macro and Micro LevelsSocial inequalities can play a significant role in perpetuating the social problem of racialinequality and discrimination. From a macro level, social inequalities can target income, housing,and education. An overwhelming number of ethnic households suffer at the hands ofunemployment, lack of education, family dissolution, overcrowded housing, drug abuse, andcrime. (Dunlap, Johnson, Golub, & Wesley, 2002). This can and does largely affect the mentaland physical health of people of color and children of color in the United States specifically. Alarge majority of these issues come as a direct result of the racial inequality that is extremelypresent from U.S. citizens in verbal and non-verbal actions that are reflective of social inequality.