10 October 2010
Racial Discrimination and Prejudice Creating Inequalities
Racial discrimination and people being prejudice, unfortunately, happen daily all around the world. In everyday life you can look around or listen to a group of people and more than likely hear some form of discrimination or prejudice. The book states, ““The commission concluded that “our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white-separate and unequal”(p.1) (Jullian 223)”Although much progress has been made toward legal equality as a result of the civil rights movement, inequality remains a significant problem in American society. Racism is behavior motivated that is that human race has distinctive characteristics that determine abilities and cultures. Discrimination is the differential treatment of individuals on the basis of their perceived membership in a particular social group. People rationalize it on the ...view middle of the document...
Institutional discrimination is discrimination that is built into the structure and form of society itself. The book states that one form of institutional discrimination is racial profiling, the practice by people in positions of authority of disproportionately selecting people of color for investigations of others forms of discrimination. It is especially evident in the educational system. Another area in which institutional discrimination is evident is housing. Housing segregation is widespread, with the clearest division being between whites in the suburbs and blacks and other minority groups in the cities. Among the causes of housing segregation is racial steering by real estate agents. Those who lack education, are often underemployed or unemployed, which results in low incomes and the likelihood of a poor education for the next generation. Furthermore, members of minority groups are more likely than whites to be arrested and charged with a crime. Following arrest, they face discrimination under the bail system, in which those who lack the money to post bail must wait in jail for their cases to come to trial.
I personally am NOT prejudice. I do not believe all the text states about this subject is true, merely their opinion or true for those of whom were majority surveyed. People can at any time make a stand to change their live. I was the FIRST PERSON on either side of my family to even graduate high school, much less go to college, much less earn two degrees, much less own a beautiful 6 bedroom home for my 5 children, while I work two jobs, making ends meet. (did I also mention that I am now a single mom and NOT on welfare??) I came from NOTHING. I chose to turn my life around, to break the cycle. People HAVE to realize that they hold their future in their hands. They are in control of their own destiny. If one door closes knock on another one!! Keep knocking and pushing until you break those family ties that got the rest of your family in that bad lifestyle. BREAK THE CYCLE!! People choose every day to start drugs, steal, and kill. They do not have to choose that path but most people in poverty do, sadly.
Jullian, William Kornblum and Joseph. Social Problems. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education, 2009.