A Class Divided
How is race both a reality and a belief?
Race is used to signify different types of human bodies based on similar skin color and physical appearance. While there is no biological basis for racial classification, sociologists recognize a long history of attempts to organize groups of people based on similar skin color and physical appearance. The absence of any biological foundation makes race often difficult to define and classify, and as such, sociologists view racial categories and the significance of race in society as unstable, ever shifting, and intimately connected to other social forces and structures.
The realities and beliefs that people have of race vary according to which type of dominant or subordinate group they fall into. Sociologists use these terms to identify powerful relationships that are based on perceived racial, ...view middle of the document...
They become something new. Some traits are passed on, but suddenly this child does not fit into one "race."
Whereas a subordinate group is one whose members, because of physical or cultural characteristics, are disadvantaged and subjected to unequal treatment and discrimination by the dominant group. For example, historically, African Americans and other persons of color have been considered to be subordinate – group members, particularly when they are from lower income categories. Therefore their reality and belief of race is that of inequality and unfairness. History has shown us that many ethnicities that are not white, primarily that black race, have had to suffer prejudices, racism, and being considered a stereotype. However, in the video the lesson was taught to a class full of white people. The children’s definition of the situation (what people to be real is real in its consequences) was what their teacher was telling them. Either on the first day the blue - eyed children were superior or on the second day the brown - eyed children were superior. It doesn’t take long before changing the mindset of a person or their definition of the situation, and the children with blue eyes quickly began to overgeneralize the appearance, behavior, or other characteristics of members of the brown children in a matter of minutes simply because of what they were taught. It’s not that a child is a disgusting and hateful creature, it is the culture and environment that they are raised in that makes them who they are. It is the lessons that are taught to them at a young age that makes and turns them into a human being that has either respect and love for all humanity, or ends up hating and despising any race that is not their own.
If the latter scenario above happens to the child, then this child will most likely end up being a racist to others that are inferior to his race. They would begin to justify their superior treatment and therefore justify why inferior races or ethnic groups should be treated differently.