Because of this notion people naturally do not see

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Because of this notion, people naturally do not see how their personal problems are typically a result of a societal issue outside of their range of control, ultimately disregarding the connection between their personal lives and the course of history. As a result, there have been many living- while-black incidents over the course of history where white people or non-black have called the police to report black people who were simply minding their business, barbecuing at a park, hanging out at Starbucks or in the common room of their own college dorm. Social media has allowed news of racist incidents, that have always been going on, to be spread quickly for the world to see. Elijah Anderson, a Yale professor, provided a sociological explanation saying, “many white people have not adjusted to the idea that black people now appear more often in places of privilege, power, and prestige — or just places where they were historically unwelcome” (Anderson, 2018). At the core of the sociological imagination lies the concept of personal troubles and public issues. Mills reiterates that troubles are a private matter
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THE SOCIOLOGICAL IMAGINATION 3 that occur within a person’s character and the areas of social life in which they are directly aware of, while issues go beyond the range of an individual and extend to the society in full. The white people who report back people to police may see it as a personal trouble because they feel black people are invading their “space”. But on the other hand, black people have been dealing with
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