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Unformatted text preview: movements. 4) Racist beliefs relieve the dominant group of the responsibility to address the economic, educational, and other social problems faced by subordinate groups. Dysfunctions are elements of society that may disrupt a social system or decrease its stability. There are a variety of ways in which racism is dysfunctional to a society, including to its dominant group: 1) A society that practices discrimination fails to use the resources of all individuals. Discrimination limits the search for talent and leadership to the dominant group. 2) Discrimination aggravates social problems such as poverty, delinquency, and crime. 3) Racial prejudice and discrimination undercut goodwill and friendly diplomatic relations between nations. 4) Social change is inhibited because change may assist a subordinate group. 5) Discrimination undercuts the peaceful resolution of disputes....
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