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Race and Ethnicity

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Eric Davis

on 5 December 2014

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Transcript of Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity
Race in America
Election of Barack Obama as president marked a watershed moment in American history...

Minority Group

Subordinate group whose members have significantly less control or power over their own lives than members of dominant group

Racial Group
Group set apart from others because of physical differences that have social significance

Ethnic Group
Group set apart from others primarily because of national origin or distinctive cultural patterns

Social Construction of Race
Process by which people come to define a group as a race based on physical characteristics, but also on historical, cultural, and economic factors

Racial Formation

Sociohistorical process in which racial categories are created, inhibited, transformed, and destroyed


Tendency to assume one’s own culture and way of life represent the norm or are superior to all others
Unreliable generalization about all members of a group

Negative attitude toward an entire category of people
Tends to perpetuate false definitions of individuals and groups
Denial of opportunities and equal rights to individuals and groups because of prejudice or other arbitrary reasons

A. Belief that one race is supreme and all others are innately inferior
B. Institutionalized discrimination
White Privilege
Monopoly Anyone?
Exploitation Theory

Views racial subordination in U.S.
as manifestation of the class system inherent in capitalism
Contact Hypothesis
In cooperative circumstances, interracial contact between people
of equal status will cause them to become less prejudiced and abandon stereotypes
YouTube Clips

Deliberate, systematic killing
of an entire people or nation

Systematic removal of a group
of people from society
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Affirmative Action
Positive efforts to recruit minority group members or women for jobs, promotions, and educational opportunities
Is Barack Obama our 1st Black President?
Is he our 1st African American President?
Is he our 1st Multiracial President?
"We Shall Overcome"
How many...?
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