ASOC 1-29 - ASOC Why Race Matters Historical construction...

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ASOC 1/29/08 Why Race Matters: - Historical construction of the concept “race” o Zinn’s Article “Drawing the Color Line” Race is a construct of society (Zinn’s main idea) Chronicles beginning of slavery Racial division between owners and workers. Slavery indicated racial hierarchy and a racist system Europeans were distinct from other slaveholders (i.e. African ones) Used slavery for profit. Production takes over basic human rights. Hierarchy reinforced and based on color. o Racism is natural? P. 14-15 Gallagher Poor whites and blacks formed alliances based on conditions, nullifying the argument. Masters made distinctions based on skin color (i.e. benefits to working whites however not blacks) P. 17-18 Gallagher Social system was defined by plantation system. Exploit of work needs to be justified by convincing social system. P. 19-20 Gallagher Devices used: Punishment – Pavlonian conditioning o Examples: 1705 Virginia code allowing for
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