I chose to use the racism as the social event to base this essay on because racism is still a strong factor in our social climate today. As evidenced in an article from the Daily News in October, a young Black male, Trayon Christian, was arrested at a high-end department store, Barney’s, in New York City for purchasing a $349.00 belt. The article indicates that Trayon was accused of using a fake debit card to purchase the belt. Trayon claims that he was saving up paycheck to paycheck in order to purchase the belt and was racially profiled by the salespeople. He filed a lawsuit claiming that the New York City Police detained him because they couldn’t believe he could possibly afford such an expensive belt. This is clear evidence of stereotyping and how racism still affects the world we live in.
In addition, the New York Times reports that this is not an isolated case. There have been several lawsuits against big corporations including Barney’s and Macy’s. Several complaints have been surfacing from black shoppers who feel they have been victims of racial profiling. These complaints are even targeting well-known celebrity figures (Goodman, 2013).
After reading the articles, several questions came to mind like why did the salesperson assume the debit card was fake and why was this young male held by the police for so long? On the other side of that, why did this young Black male and many others feel the need to purchase an expensive item like this? Is this for status and/or recognition?
Although this is a clear case of discrimination, stereotyping, and racism, there are several theories that can be related to this case. However, the social behavioral perspective relates best to this...
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...ayon is in the conventional stage where he seems to have felt the need to conform to society by following the trends of some entertainers today. Name brand items have become so mainstream that regular kids want to follow these trends and are going to lengths to do so. The salesperson relates better to the postconventional stage because he treated Trayon unethically and immorally.
The conflict perspective also relates in this case because there is conflict between two social groups. One group (Barney’s salesperson) is the dominant force and is causing conflict. “What may be perceived as fair on an individual level may be perceived as unfair when viewed as a group perspective” (Hutchinson, p. 340). Trayon obviously felt he was treated unfairly but, the salesperson felt this was a fair practice because he or she was following the store’s protocols for theft.
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