However others hold on to their identity and try to identify their race and maintain it. This enriches societies and makes them multi-racial. Therefore, every ethnic group is essential to complete the mosaic. Although they are sometimes threatened, minorities must fight to preserve their principles. Why must they fight?
In today’s society, it is acknowledgeable to assert that the concepts of race and ethnicity have changed enormously across different countries, cultures, eras, and customs. Even more, they have become less connected and tied with ancestral and familial ties but rather more concerned with superficial physical characteristics. Moreover, a great deal can be discussed the relationship between ethnicity and race. Both race and ethnicity are useful and counterproductive in their ways. To begin, the concept of race is, and its ideas are vital to society because it allows those contemporary nationalist movements which include, racist actions; to become more familiar to members of society.
While it is controversial in today’s society and the current events unfolding across the nation, race is part of our identity. Race is what we use to describe “a group of persons related by common descent or heredity” (Ammer). The fact that we can be grouped with similar peoples is a huge part of identity. Our identity makes us who we are and so does common descent and heredity. Race also ties into culture, because our cultures and ethnicities most often come from our racial backgrounds.
Firstly, ethnicity is a concept referring to a shared culture and way of life. This can be reflected in language, religion, material culture such as clothing and food, and cultural products such as music and art. Ethnicity is often a major source of social cohesion and social conflict. Secondly, racism can be defined as a system of dominance, power and privilege based on racial group designations; rooted in the historical oppression of a group defined or perceived by dominant-group members as inferior, deviant or undesirable; occurring in circumstances where members of the dominant group create or accept their societal privilege by maintaining structures, ideology, values, and behaviours that have the intent or effect of leaving non-dominant group members relatively excluded from power, esteem, status and equal access to societal resources. (Harrell, 2000, p.
Both affirmative action and diversity management are needed because affirmative action laid the foundation upon which diversity management can build. When comparing affirmative action and diversity management, affirmative action focuses on social differences as obstacles, while diversity management uses them as assets (Ewoh). Also, affirmative action only changes the demographics; while diversity management changes the behavior (Hur, Strickland 384). Diversity management alters employee attitudes and behaviors through training and awareness which affirmative action does not allow (Ewoh). Moreover, the emphasis, assumptions, change required, and most importantly, the results of affirmative action are a catalyst for diversity management and both together are more effective at abolishing discrimination.
So also, they concur with different speculations related with the group's attitude. Race and ethnicity in people are persuasive parts of human presence as they see the interesting advancement limit. In this manner, ethnicity and race are a result of essential mental procedures that make and keep up social
Use of the Terms "Race" and "Ethnicity" in the Social Sciences Defining identity can be complex and therefore we have to investigate the factors involved that make us who we are and how we are seen by others, collectively or individually. Social scientists have to consider the key elements which shape identity, the importance of social structures and agency involved. The differences and/or similarities between us are the focus that categorise and label us in society. Knowing who we are is important for many reasons including, social rights, obtaining a passport, housing, health, employment, marriage, and over all, being able to ascertain who we are, and belong. The terms ‘race’ and ‘ethnicity’ are central features in the process of categorisation.
In conclusion I believe the media plays a vital role in our views and beliefs of race and also contributes significantly to the social construction of race. They use many ideas to do this but racial stereotypes in particular. I think unless the issue of back handed racism in the media is addressed, we will continue to live in a world in which certain groups of people are victimised just because of a different appearances, cultures or even because they are believed to be inferior.
Media Communication and Accuracy of Quality of Lives of People of Color The most critical aspects of media performance with regards to race and ethnicity are issues that relate to the quality of its representation of the lives of people of color. Accuracy and diversity are aspects of media performance that will allow for a careful evaluation of how it represents people of color. Evaluating media performance is important because of the utilization and reliance on the mass media for much of society's reflexive monitoring and evaluation of reality. The performance of mass media is important in regards to race and ethnicity because the mass media are the primary source of indirect or mediated experiences that reinforce racial attitudes and beliefs that are integrated into cognitive structures (Gandy, 1998). Thus, mass media can be viewed as places where reality is constructed and racism may be reproduced.
In Caucasia, the theme of ‘racial etiquette’ plays a big role in the society that Birdie lives in and this proves Omi and Winant’s claim about how race is socially constructed ( Omi and Winant 4). For example, “Rules shaped by our perception of race in a comprehensively racial society determine the ‘presentation of self, distinction of status, and appropriate modes of conduct” (Omi and Winant 4). In this statement, Omi and Winant meant that people tend to make rules for classifying a racial group based on one’s physical features and disregarding their true ‘race’. An example from Caucasia that proves Omi and Winant’s argument is, “Who’s that is she Rican? I thought this was supposed to be a black school” ( Senna 43).