Chapter 3 Notes- workingclasswhites

Chapter 3 Notes- workingclasswhites - Chapter 3 Notes-...

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Chapter 3 Notes- Situational Contexts and Perceptions of Prejudice Numerous interracial interactions in Greenfield (Boston) and the Crescent (Atlanta) were characterized by an attempt to decipher or hide racist intent. Working class blacks weren’t certain if rude treatment was a result of their race of their class status so sometimes they’d fight back and other times they’d remain silent. In most cases, whites censored their expressions of prejudiced attitudes when blacks were present, but after they weren’t present, they made remarks. Lab based experiment: blacks asked to evaluate the extent to which a negative exchange they have with a store clerk whose race is not specified was racist. Men who viewed the exchange as racially motivated experienced more negative emotions than those who did not identify race as a factor. Whites in Crescent and Greenfield rarely expressed racial prejudice in multiracial settings, but did so in only white settings. Whites expressed antiblack sentiments in 3 main ways o When status of the white individual was challenged in some way (occurred mostly in Cresent) o In reference to blacks’ claims of discrimination (mostly in Greenfield) o Reference to neighborhood/social problems (equally in both areas) But data could underestimate the extent to which whites harbor anti-Black attitudes. Black Perceptions of White Prejudice Direct participant observation has an advantage over studies of black experiences of prejudice that rely solely on first person accounts because both sides of an exchange are observed She believed women weren’t as open but gradually through time began to complain more openly about the perceived racist behavior of customers and employers over time. Molina: black woman in late thirties encountered many customers who treated her with disrespect. o Customer shoved American express card at Molina, so Molina snapped and said “she’ll take you over there” and handed the card to McDermott. She was regarding the racial difference to treatment. o The white customers had no idea that their actions had affected Molina (she interpreted them as prejudiced). And there was no dialogue, no racial slurs, but such interactions exemplify the misunderstanding and hostility that can
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