The Role Of Social Inequality In Our Society

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The question of social inequality subconsciously raises the question of identity, social values and racism. The times had changed and the slavery period had passed, however, the imbalance between human identity and its perception remains today. The forms of racism transformed from legal discrimination into masked but obvious problem. A difference in human look, behavior, believes, and customs formed powerful and often false stereotypes in our society, leading to wrong ideas about human being as a whole. Such stereotypes negatively affect human feelings, rights, and lives. Moreover, they lead to inequality and hidden aggression between opposing (involved) sides. Recognition and acceptance of differences are crucial factors leading to a healthier, …show more content…
Moreover, all three articles filled with examples of existing but masked racism in all groups of society. Rodriguez recalls her childhood memories in Latino-American community, when she learned about “clues” referring to racial differences and classifications. As the author points out, “skin color” and “physical features” play an important role in one’s superiority, in addition to one’s “accents, surnames, residents, class, and clothing” (Rodriguez 23). Unfortunately, social pressure, stereotyping and social standards negatively affects people’s lives and “determined how one is treated” (Rodriguez 22). As stated by Rodriguez, light skin and European characteristics are more acceptable in the society due to inherited believes associated with history and slavery. However, Rodriguez argues that the criteria of classification dramatically changes with the change in social status. A person can be perceived differently, depending on socio-economic and political position in society. The complex of mixed identities in one person she called “racial mixture”. She realizes that Latinos are ready to “altered their identities” and “shift their own self-classifications” in order to be accepted by American society. On the other hand, the author admits …show more content…
By this statement she confirms that race is a creation of human mind. Similar to Rodriguez, Scales-Trent defines race as changing and inconsistent, which easily transforms with society changes. She added that people are “moving from one place to another, from one life to another, from one culture, one role, to another” (Scales-Trent 147). Both Scales-Trent and Rodriguez were raised in American society but in different racial groups. They both differ in appearance from their racial groups what makes them more superior. Regardless, both of them raise questions of race and its construction. Scales-Trent more effectively summarized the changes of identities into one word “skinwalkers”. She believes that everyone falls into this category as one goes through continuous changes in life. Scales-Trent, opposed to Rodriguez, criticized this shifting of identities, mentioning its traumatic effect on the human being. She compared race to geography map where lines are drawn randomly and lands are separated without a clear idea. She insists that “line-drawers” are the ones who create and support racial differences. They represent government institutions who dictate the rules and “separate humans one from the other” (Scales-Trent 149). On the other hand, created rules required support and acceptance from society in order to

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