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SOCI 215 Social Deviance Wk. 6 Read Michelle Birdsong's "Account: Growing up Colored in the South" in our e-text. Then, considering the construction of "tribal stigma," discuss how Birdsong was deviantized by both whites and blacks. What factors played a part in this deviantizing process? And, growing up today, would a person of Birdsong's appearance suffer the same treatment? Why or why not? Just like most Caucasians in the 1950s, whites deviantized Birdsong because she was African American. They didn’t see a person; they saw skin color. They looked down on her and her family for being poor too. She was deviantized by her own race because she had a lighter skin tone (not as black as others) and long, straight hair. The other African Americans in her community thought that Birdsong thought she was better than they were because she was “beautiful” and she was left out of daily school activities because of it (Goode, 2016).

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