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Soc 156 Notebook - Introduction to Race and Ethnicity in...

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Introduction to Race and Ethnicity in American Life  20:08 Do you believe that we live in a color-blind society where people are judged “not by the  color of their skin but by the content of their character?” No Reasons to be optimistic Legally enforced racism no longer exists Institutional integration, diversity seen as an asset Barack Obama Today’s youth Reasons to be concerned Hate crimes Between 1995 and 2004, the FBI documented 80,279 hate crimes, more than half  motivated by racial hatred This represents only those hate crimes that were reported Employment inequalities In 2006, 4% of whites, 5.6% of Hispanics, 9.2% of blacks were unemployed Since 1940, the unemployment rate of blacks has been nearly twice that of whites Over half of Native Americans on some reservations are unemployed Poverty Incarceration disparities Timeline Native Americans were here first European settlers from 1620 onwards
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African slaves 1680s Western European immigrants until 1870 Two Waves of immigration Southern and Eastern European immigrants 1880-1930 Post 1965 to present—largely Latin and Asian—contemporary immigration 2008 Survey The survey asked a national sample of adults why “blacks have worse jobs, income, and  housing than white people.” 13% said black Americans have less inborn ability to learn Broken down by level of education Do we tend to form casual conclusions about blacks and other people of color while we  tend not to form such conclusions about whites? Why are the majority of NBA players black? Why are the majority of NHL players white?
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Race in America Today 20:08 American Racism in the 21 st  century 5 fallacies about racism individualistic fallacy racism is assumed to belong to the realm of ideas and prejudices legalistic fallacy assumes that abolishing racist laws effectively abolishes racism tokenistic fallacy assumes that the presence of people of color in influential positions is evidence that  racism no longer exists ahistorical fallacy assumes history is inconsequential fixed fallacy assumes racism is fixed and constant across time and space Racial Domination Domination: political, social, and economic power, as well as the symbolic power to  classify one group as “normal” and other groups as “abnormal” Intersectionality: racial domination intersects with gender, class, sexuality, religion,  nation; overlapping systems of advantages and disadvantages Whiteness Pat Buchanan, political commentator on MSNBC: “This has been a country built,  basically, by white folks.” On the contrary: America was built on the land of Native Americans and Mexicans—on  the backs of enslaved Africans
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This note was uploaded on 02/23/2012 for the course SOCIOLOGY 156 taught by Professor Susankim during the Fall '11 term at UCLA.

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