Race And Social Inequality

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Race is a social invention. Past attempts to classify race on a biological/genetic base have not been proved by any scientific research. The concept is a pervasive historical root of social inequalities, persistent today (Bonavilla-Silva, p. 131.) Agency is not effective in remedying inequality because of the stubborn denial, by white people, of the reality of discrimination in the name of race supremacy. Although there is no consensus on what race is (Manza 2013, p.240) it has an important impact on daily life and it is tightly linked to social and economic inequalities. Reality shows disparity between Whites and Blacks, or other minorities, in income, wealth, education, employment, incarceration rates and health. Racism, or applied discrimination, …show more content…
An even smaller number has access to higher positions as for presidency, as for instance Obama election that superficially has been embraced as a the end of race discrimination, although one individual is not sufficiently significant for social mobility due to ending of discrimination. The majority is employed into the Public sector where antidiscrimination laws can be more easily enforced than in the private sector. This is a key that ultimately, the historical legacy of prejudice is still alive; either wise in a real equal opportunity society there would be no need of antidiscrimination laws. In education, blacks and Hispanics have gained a substantial rise in completion of high school and college, but statistical data show a persistent gap with whites. This can be explained by the economical disparity since education is linked to family resources and life style, as for housing and neighborhood segregation. Poor areas give access to low-level …show more content…
In practice, racial boundaries are naturally, slowly, fading away but the American color frontier still exists and its actual persistence is clear if we consider the differences in socioeconomic status. The emerging concept of social imagination helps us to make sense of the social world looking beyond stereotypes and can be helpful individually but is far from eradicating social inequalities on a large scale, although, I believe it could help as a foundation for awareness of social interactions and to at least reduce prejudice. Beside implementation of equality norms, because legislative regulations are necessary in a capitalistic society, I envision education as a fundamental tool to dismantle the socio-cultural color

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