Week_10_qualitative_Brizer

Week_10_qualitative_Brizer - 22 /Fall2006...

Info icon This preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Michael L. Birzer teaches in the School of Community Affairs at Wichita State University. Jackquice Smith-Mahdi teaches at University of North Texas-Dallas. Journal of African American Studies , Fall 2006, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 22-37. Does Race Matter? The Phenomenology of Discrimination Experienced among African Americans Michael L. Birzer and Jackquice Smith-Mahdi This qualitative phenomenological study explores perceived discrimination among African American women and men living in Topeka, Kansas. Focus groups and in-depth interviews with 15 African American women and men examined their experiences with perceived discrimination. The theoretical framework guiding this study is predicated under the assumption of symbolic racism. Four major themes emerged during data analysis (1) shopping experiences, (2) law enforcement contact, (3) employment, and (4) Black in Topeka. The essential, invariant structure of dis- crimination as experienced by African Americans was identified as fear, frustration, depression, and anger. The research paints a portrait of the everyday struggles that participants experience in this community due to discrimination. Discrimination based on race is a phenomenon that many in the white majority class will never have to experience. However, for many African Americans dis- crimination remains prevalent in their daily lives (Feagin, Vera, & Batur, 2001). Discrimination has had a long and deplorable history in the United States. Past government support of slavery exemplify a record of racist ideology which perhaps has perpetuated discrimination currently experienced by many African Americans (Bennett, Merritt, & Edwards, 2004; Feagin, Vera, & Batur, 2001; Feagin, 1991; Yates, 1995). Moreover, the state of African Americans was created in slavery and subsequently took shape over three hundred years of racial oppression. Few in the White majority class fully understand the depth and hostility African Americans face, or the sheer effort African Americans contend with simply to survive. Undeni- able, other groups have been subjected with various forms of discrimination, but no other minority with the exception of the Native American, has been so regulated to the farthest corners of American life (Belcourt-Dittloff & Stewart, 2000; King & Springwood, 1999; Patterson, 1998). The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study is to describe African Americans experiences with perceived discrimination. The phenomenological re-
Image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Birzer and Smith-Mahdi 23 flections of discrimination experienced by African Americans can provide valuable information which is useful to fully understand how African Americans contextu- alize meaning to and cope with experiences of discrimination. Furthermore, these reflections may be beneficial for those authorities responsible for fundamental policy development within communities which center on race and diversity.
Image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern