The functionalist theory demonstrates society is divided into two main groups, the majority and the minority. The functionalist theory suggests racism is a part of the way society operates. Society requires different levels of positions. They believe a society is not balanced in terms of race, because it is natural for one group of people to be superior over others. • How would symbolic interactionists explain this problem? • How would functionalists explain the problem? • How would conflict theorists explain the problem? The symbolic interactionist theory believes racism is caused by stereotypes. We are forced to see certain characteristics in certain people while ignoring other features in others. For instance in a movie African-Americans are more likely to play athletes or
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Different levels, Schaefer, Symbolic Interactionist Theory