Identifying The System Of Inequality By Joe Feagin 's Paper, The Continuing Significance Of Race

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Intersectionality is describing the system of inequality people experienced due to their intersecting statuses including race, class, gender, sexuality and so on. The discriminations or advantages they face are the result of the mixture of their multiple statuses. For example, for a black woman, her gender is female and her race is African American, so she experiences discrimination for being black and female simultaneously. For African Americans, they face social stratification, and therefore they experience discrimination regularly. In Joe Feagin’s paper “The Continuing Significance of Race: Antiblack Discrimination in Public Places,” he interviewed a group of black middle-class people about their experiences of discrimination. An African American couple was not being served in a restaurant, because of the stereotype of “poor black” (Feagin 1991). The waiters believed that black people don’t have money, so they don’t deserve good service from the waiters. Social stratification means that the society rank people in different categories in orders. In this case, because black people are placed low in the social hierarchy, the waiters assumed that they were poor and they cannot afford the meal. The system of inequality means that people in different categories have different access to resources and symbolic rewards. In this case, black people don’t get the symbolic reward of being respected. Even though having the same economic resources as other white middle class people,…

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