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considered to be people; they were
“PROPERTY” or livestock.
• On July 12th 1787, the “Three-fifths Compromise” allowed a
state to count three fifths of each Black “person” in determining
political representation in the House. * Native Americans were not considered to be human beings
until the mid 1800’s, and did not gain citizenship until 1923. The Dichotomy Between White and
* Terminology: The word “NIGGER” actually
came from where the enslaved tribes were
from: Nigeria, Niger, and the Ivory Coast.
They were referred to as Niger's for short
derived from the Latin word for the color
black, Niger. Later, this was translated into the
word Nigger and it carries a negative
connotation. The Dichotomy Between White and
* In what was known as the “Civilized
World”, the people of wealth did not labor or
work in the sun. Therefore, those people that
did were considered to be less than those that
were wealthy. This carried on in the belief of
stereotypes or that people of color were not
deserving of equal access.
Paper bag test The Dichotomy Between White and
* Amazingly, this idea has transcended into
the Spanish, Mexican, Hispanic, and African
American populations where people from the
same group membership discriminate and
carry prejudices based on light skin to dark
skin within their own group. What does it all mean?
What Race as a Social Fact:
The intense sociological interest in race
derives from its significance as a Social
Fact , because people attach meanings to
the physical differences whether they are
real or imagined.
real Definition of Race:
a category of people who are
regarded as socially distinct
because they share genetically
characteristics. The Thomas Theorem:
If a person perceives a situation to be
real, then it is real in its circumstances
• Some argue this is similar to the selffulfilling prophecy. Definition of Ethnicity:
Refers to cultural features that may
be handed down from one
generation to the next. These
features may include: language,
religion, national origin, d...
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- Spring '08