Racism - RACE AND ETHNICITY Racism —sets of attitudes and...

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Unformatted text preview: RACE AND ETHNICITY Racism —sets of attitudes and beliefs that is used to justify the superior treatment of one racial or ethnic group and the inferior treatment of other groups—in the US, the question of “whiteness” is complicated by ethnic immigrants: how long do they have to be in the US to be considered “white?”—tends to intensify in times of economic hard times— based on the competitive economic system-- Overt racism—public and even “legal”—sometimes it becomes a major social policy, like “the white man’s burden”—social power is confused with racial superiority-- Subtle— Theories of Prejudice —a variant of the kiss-up/kick-down, more academically known as the frustration-aggression hypothesis, expressed by psychologist John Dollard (1939)—people who fail to achieve a highly desired status respond with a pattern of hatred toward others, especially subordinate social groups—often find scapegoats , a person incapable of offering resistance to the hostility or aggression of others—prejudice,...
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This note was uploaded on 02/10/2012 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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