Soc 101 - race and ethnicity

Soc 101 - race and ethnicity - Sociology 101 Race and...

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Sociology 101 – Race and Ethnicity Critical Thinking Recounting the first time I became aware of my racial identity and the formation of it was not something I have had to think about before. I didn’t have an immediate flashback of when I became aware of my race, but I had various memories of situations involving race such as class discussions and conversations with my parents. I grew up in a mostly White/Caucasian community in Texas called Woodbridge. In my specific community, the Hispanic population is much greater than the population of African-Americans so coming to Oxford, a city with a larger African-American population than I had experienced, has been a new experience. My awareness of race was influenced mostly by my parents, also growing up in similar communities, who taught me to respect other culture groups and races, and discussions on race in school. During the time I went through elementary, middle, and high school, there were very few African-Americans. What’s more alarming, is the number is less than ten. The populations of races in the community I lived in weren’t very diverse and this, I believe, is due to institutional forces that continue to be upheld. As Charon says, “Once a society develops a system of inequality, the prevailing institutions tend to work in such a way that the inequality is maintained or even increased.” Privilege and power in Woodbridge belongs to white people, everyone’s parents are making a good living and everyone knows it. The inequality has been there for years, Woodbridge High School was started in 1969 and was not a segregated school. Even though the school has moved past this, the Woodbridge area has been built around in equality since then. The prevailing system has continued to increase as well due to economic forces, as it becomes more and more expensive to live in the area. I don’t agree with the inequality of Woodbridge, but when institutional forces continue to
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This note was uploaded on 04/27/2011 for the course SOC 101 taught by Professor Cornwell during the Spring '08 term at Cornell.

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