Nicole Flavell SOC-220 October 30, 2016 Anthony Brown Stereotypes and Prejudice Although America has a history of discrimination against race, gender, and ageism one would have thought that by the twenty-first century discrimination, stereotypes, and prejudice would have been a thing of the past. However, it seems that more than ever this issue is at the forefront of our society. Race is a socially category of people who share the same biological traits that society define as important. Gender is different than one’s sex, it is based on a person’s character and life choices that a society links to being female or male. Ageism is when an elderly person faces prejudice and discrimination due to their age (Macionis, 2015). The question is not how do we end these issues; rather why do we still have these issues and will they diminish or become more prevalent over time? Back in 1968 America made a huge impact on racial discrimination and made great strides towards equality through the civil rights movement. It is because of this movement that America could and did elect its first African American President. However, many would have thought that having a black President would mean a change in the racial hierarchy, thus reducing discrimination, stereotypes, and prejudice in America (Kasinitz, 2010). That, however, did not happen. In fact, it seems over the years racism has been on the raise. Many sociologists believe that racism is a harmful way to divide humanity, and that it is a way to allow some people to control others (Macionis, 2015). However, currently, does anyone need to control anyone else?