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Unformatted text preview: What are some forms of racism and discrimination? and Wednesday, October 3 Wednesday, Angie Andriot, Instructor Minority & Dominant Minority Groups Groups Minority Group - People Singled Out Minority for Unequal Treatment for Minority Group Can Be Racial or Minority Ethnic Ethnic A Minority Group is Not Necessarily Minority Numerical Minority Numerical Women Minority & Dominant Groups Groups Dominant group- the group with the Dominant most Power Privileges Highest social class Not called ‘majority’ group Group that does the discriminating Group Characteristics of Minority Groups Groups Membership is an Ascribed Status Physical or Cultural Traits Held in Low Esteem Physical by Dominant Group by Unequal Treatment Marry Within Own Group Feel Strong Group Solidarity *based on these characteristics, we can determine some of the (contradictory) ways in which minority groups attempt to rectify their situation. Prejudice versus Discrimination Discrimination Discrimination is an action—unfair treatment Discrimination directed at an individual or group directed Racial discrimination is one example Prejudice is an attitude—the prejudging of a Prejudice person based on their group membership person Positive prejudice—exaggerated or made-up virtues Negative prejudice—exaggerated or made-up faults Prejudice is Learned Prejudice Remember learning the distinction between Remember selection effects and conformity? selection conformity KKK study is another great example People who are prejudice against known groups People will also express prejudice against made-up groups groups What can we infer from this finding? Sometimes people will internalize dominant norms Sometimes internalize and show prejudice against their own group and http:// www.understandingrace.org/lived/video/index.html Individual discrimination Individual West Virginia hate crime case: http://www.rachelstavern.com/?p=740 Jena 6 http://www.racialicious.com/2007/09/04/get-up-to-speed-on-the-jena-six-ca http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/27/AR2007 White supremecist backlash: White http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-jena25_websep25,1,4 http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-jena25_websep25,1, http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2007/1002071jena1.html (a less clear example) And more And http://www.miamiherald.com/living/columnists/leonard_pitts/story/242637.h Institutional discrimination Institutional Sociologists argue that we need to focus more Sociologists on INSTITUTIONAL discrimination. Why? on Though instances of individual discrimination are Though terrible, those individuals who engage in such activities are to a certain extent responding to a larger social structure larger Structural discrimination is woven into the fabric of Structural our life our It is unseen It is not directly racist It is more insidious and more difficult to detect Therefore, it is also easier to deny its existence Is colorblindness a form of racism? racism? Adrienne Curry: http://www.rachelstavern.com/?p=737 Adrienne http://www.rachelstavern.com/?p=737 Why there is a BET and not a WET: http://allywork.solidaritydesign.net/2007/why-there-is-a-bet White Solipsism : whiteness is viewed normal, unremarkable, and often invisible. Moreover, this concept reflects the idea that whiteness is both the standard of comparison for other racial groups and the category to which people should aspire. category http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wORI_XU_ Is America a “melting pot”? Is it a “salad bowl”? Is it a “vegetable stew”? What are the implication of each? ...
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