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Sociology 122 Notes 8/21 Two Key Points for Class: 1. We are not a color blind society 2. The influence of past on the present *TQ* Article: Life Looks Sunnier for Young Whites - Survey of 18-24 year olds by MTV - Online survey causes gap between races in internet usage - Definition of happiness was not clearly defined - Needed to ask IF whites are happier (not true) WHY? - Factors affecting happiness: health, finances, relationships, success, social status - Young people are found to be happiest when they feel they are making a difference in someone’s life - Critical Thinking: Put yourself in the authors point of view Consider the title of the article 8/23 *TQ* In Class Practice Quiz 1. The 5 largest race/ethnic groups in the US based on the 2000 census White (73%) Hispanic (14%) African American/Black (13.8%) Asian American (4%) Native American (<1%) 2. Reconstruction – the brief 10 year period in the 19 th century of new freedoms for African Americans enforced by having federal troops on the ground in the South 3. Cesar Chavez – founder of United Farm Workers used the song “De Colores” to rally 4. Reagan apologized to the Japanese American internments and compensated survivors $20, 000 each (1940’s) 5. Sioux Indians in West – group that continues to turn down millions of dollars for land each year (Black Hills, SD)
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6. Trail of Tears – Native American march to Oklahoma from Georgia because of Gold Trail of Broken Treaties – 1970’s American Indian Movement group marched from West Coast to Washington D.C. stopping at every place a treaty had been broken 7. Lift Every Voice and Sing – song considered to be black national anthem Star Spangled Banner – U.S. national anthem Amazing Grace written by John Newton has a line that refers to his realization of the horrors of the slave trade 8. Bombing of Pearl Harbor – jump start to U.S. involvement in WWII 9. Harlem Renaissance – period of literary, musical, etc. revival in Harlem 10. “Strange Fruit” Billie Holiday refers to in her song – lynched bodies hanging from Southern trees There is as much diversity in racial/ethnic groups as among the different groups: Example: Hispanic = Mexican Americans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans) Asian American = Chinese, Japanese, South East Asian 8-28 Critical Thinking: Make thinking the object of thought Improve thinking as a result This Requires: Developing a special level of awareness Special skills of self-assessment Rashomon Perspective: 1950’s movie a classic by Japanese film maker Message – all of us have a rashomon perspective influenced by cultural, parental, environmental, etc. factors Despite socioeconomic class each race has a different experience in this culture Events are events but peoples perspectives of the events are completely different Basic Sociological Terms and Concepts Used in the Sociological Analysis of Race and Ethnic Relations*
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1. Ethnocentrism – belief that the group to which you are a member is judged to be right and true, while others are judged not just differently but as if the other groups are deviant;
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