Therefore it has become a source of division within the working class that only works in favor for the bourgeois and capitalist. On the there hand, Ethnicity has a wider concept than race but still can be useful and counterproductive. To begin, one obvious reason why ethnicity is useful because it allows for other cultures, customs to express themselves. Secondly, promotes multiculturalism and diversity. Be that as it may, it is counterproductive and overlapping because the systematic distinctions within ethnicity lead to equality and inequality in society Therefore resulting to racial supremacy and privilege.
If one was a descendant from another nationality it caused them to be inferior. We have progressed away from these ideologies but unfortunately still encounter racial issues in our nation and all across the world. In order to study the sociology of race and ethnicity it is important to know how to define them. First, race is inherited physical characteristics that distinguish one group from another. There are two myths about race, first, that one race is superior to another
Finding it hard to accept the social identities put forth by society, many Mexicans find ways to disassociate with the Mexican race and assimilate into the white society and creating a new social identity for themselves. Many Mexicans did what they could to be accepted into the white society for example through wealth or marriage. Mexicans who acquires wealth, named the Mexican elite, found it easier to incorporate into the white society by serving for the U.S government. As mentioned in Gomez’s book, “Mexican elite’ allegiance to the Americans was strengthening by their incorporation into the system as jurors… their incorporation by the Americans served to divide Mexican elites from other Mexicans.” (Gomez, 40) As Gomez explains, assimilating
Being prejudiced usually means having preconceived beliefs about groups of people or cultural practices. Discrimination is the "differential and unequal treatment of other groups of people, usually along racial, religious or ethnic lines." The distinction is that prejudice then refers to people's attitudes and beliefs, and discrimination to their overt behavior directed at another group. (Parrillo 76) Prejudices shape our perceptions of various people and influence our attitudes and actions toward particular groups and prejudicial attitudes that are negative often lead to hostile relations between domi... ... middle of paper ... ...and appreciate the cultural values and be tolerant of diversity. Changes in the law have also helped to alter some prejudicial attitudes.
With the modern day fad of being politically correct, stereotyping is seen with a negative view. Oversimplifying people can spawn many different reactions, but many aspects of the world are built upon the foundation of stereotyping. It can not only be a useful thing, but it can also be a very effective way of deciding how to react to someone. While stereotypes may seem rash and uneducated, many of them have been created for a reason. Most of the reasons that stereotyping is viewed in a negative light is because it can often lead to prejudice and bigotry.
Ethnocentrism causes people to make judgments about people or groups using their own "superior" culture or way of life as the base measurement. Ethnocentrism breeds prejudice and discrimination. It prevents a person from learning about different people and cultures. It promotes closed mind thinking and promotes "us" versus "them" mentality. There is a large portion of the United States right now practicing ethnocentrism.
Prejudice is a destructive social problem. Theories of prejudice distinguish between old-fashioned and modern forms. The former is an open rejection of minority group members; the latter is subtle and covert, with a veneer of out-group acceptance. Prejudice is commonly defined as an unfair negative attitude toward a social group or a person perceived to be a member of that group. Racism is related to concepts such as prejudice, but it is a more encompassing term.
The United States of America was once seen as the melting pot for many different ethnicities. However, the idea of assimilation became viewed as symbolically violent and because of this, the concept of multiculturalism was formed. According to The Real World: An Introduction to Sociology by Jill Stein and Kerry Ferris, multiculturalism is the encouragement of acceptance of cultural differences within a society instead of the forceful nature of eliminating other cultural ideas that are not the perceived “dominant” notions (G9). The question now is: How does our society go about making the difficult transition from totality through assimilation to diversity through multiculturalism? Henry Lewis Gates Jr. and Diane Ravitch would both argue that the best way to enforce multiculturalism is through the education system.
Diversity is defined as “a state of being different” however, the meaning extends further than just culture and race. It is a concept which revolves around acceptance and respect. Understanding each individual, their tradition, their belief, their uniqueness, and their importance in the community builds up the true meaning of diversity. The concept “Value of Diversity” refers to, understanding each other and moving beyond religion and culture to appreciate the person’s principles and their presence in the society. Valuing diversity teaches respecting individuality while maintaining respect for others.