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Race and Ethnic Relations

Race and Ethnic Relations - • Color-Blind racism...

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Race and Ethnic Relations Sociological perspective on “race” Race and ethnicity are constructed Races do not exist Cannot abandon the idea of “race” Dominant group occupies a dominant position in society Minority: forced to occupy a lower status in society due to discrimination or racism Importance of distinction: not all “ethnic groups” are equal Ethnic differences translate into inequalities Gallagher Color Blind Privilege Most people in the US believe that your social position depends only on your merits Belief that segregation and discrimination does not exist anymore because they are illegal Racial identities/identity expressed in consumerism
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Unformatted text preview: • Color-Blind racism: acknowledges races but downplays race-based hierarchies and inequalities • Racial identity for political organizations or group based grievances Secondary Analysis • “in a post-race, color-blind world, race can be seen but pointing out race based inequalities should not be heard” White-Privilege – Peggy McIntosh • Racism is usually seen as individual acts of rudeness, not as invisible systems conferring dominance to a group • Just as males tend not to recognize male privilege, whites tend not to recognize “white privilege”...
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