Minorities Racial and ethnic groups whose members are especially disadvantaged in a given society may be referred to as minorities . This term has more to do with social factors than with numbers. For example, while people with green eyes may be in the minority, they are not considered to be “true” minorities. From a sociological perspective, minorities generally have a sense of group identity (“belonging together”) and separateness (“being isolated from others”). They are also disadvantaged in some way when compared to the majority of the population. Of course, not all minorities experience all three of these characteristics; some people are able to transcend their master status , or social identity as defined by their race or ethnicity. Most minority groups are locked in to their minority standing, regardless of their
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