Soc midterm paper - 1 Soc 101.103 Midterm Paper The 13th in Relation to Introduction to Sociology Chapters 1-7 Kayla Swinson Morgan State University The

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1 Soc. 101.103 Midterm Paper The 13th in Relation to Introduction to Sociology Chapters 1-7 Kayla Swinson Morgan State University The Netflix Documentary The 13th tells the story of how America has transformed it’s
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2 ways and forms of social injustice towards minority communities. The documentary touches on many social construct that go hand in hand with the Sociology curriculum that students are learning. The 13th tells it’s story through a series of interviews from historians, civil rights activist, ex convicts and large corporation representatives. The producers of the documentary did their research on the topics shown to insure that the content of the movie was creditable. The 13th tells the stories of the wide variety of cultures throughout American history beginning in the time of slavery. The documentary shows how culture changed as America advance throughout time. The 13th also explains the horrors of social interaction between races and how society negatively impacted minorities. The film discusses to socialization process of blacks and how an identity can be changed with a small mistake. The audience learns how Presidents throughout time were authoritarian leaders and influenced social injustice with their power. Presidents such as Clinton and Reagan used their status to prey on minority communities. And Lastly, one can learn from the film how the justice system has continuously failed the minorities in America. While studying the Introduction to Sociology textbook and watching the 13th, students can easily understand and relate the movie to topics touched on in class as well as everyday life. In chapter 1, the text gives a rough description of the basic foundation of sociology. It covers important sociologist such as Karl Marx and Herbert Spencer and important terms such as culture, theory, society, and sociology. In the book culture is defined as, “a group's shared practices, values, and beliefs”. In the film The 13th, historians explain the evolution of America’s culture beginning with slavery through today’s culture. Before the civil war, slavery was an accepted form of culture, it was the basis of the American economic system. After the war, slavery was seen as immoral and was stripped away from the American culture. The film
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3 explains that even though slavery was abolished from American culture, discrimination was not. The movie tells how discrimination reinvents itself within the American cultural as time passes. New social facts are invented as time advances and morals and beliefs change. The text describes social facts as, “the laws, morals, values, religious beliefs, customs, fashions, rituals, and all of the cultural rules that govern social life”. The movie explains how racism always finds new forms as people and time change. When slavery ended along with legal lynchings, Jim Crow Laws began to form across the country. Jim Crow became the laws that governed the lives of blacks in America.
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