Racial And Ethnic Discrimination In American Society

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The conflict perspective is a macro level perspective that sees conflict as resulting from competing interests. The conflict theory is the idea that conflict between competing interests is the basic, animating force of social change and society in general (Conley, 2013). This theory sees conflict as being essential to social change (Conley, 2013). Sociologists from the conflict perspective would see racial and ethnic discrimination as being unjust. They seek to lessen or eliminate discrimination in all ways possible. These theorists are against racial and ethnic discrimination. There are three main ways in which discrimination is reinforced within American society: across generations, within domains, and across domains. Conflict theorists see …show more content…
This is very prevalent in the United States. This idea argues that discrimination negatively affects health, opportunity, and wealth. These three aspects of society are necessary to living a successful life. Most minorities face discrimination in all realms of life. This discrimination is based on the characteristics that are often determined by the parents. These characteristics make up the ascribed status of the individual. An ascribed status is a status into which one is born. This status is involuntary and a person has no say in this status (Conley, 2013). For minorities, race and gender are ascribed statuses. These two statuses are often the sole reason for the discrimination faced. Minorities have no one to escape these statuses, therefore there is no way to escape the discrimination being faced. Individuals facing ethnic and racial discrimination come from a minority family. When this individual has children, there will be a trace of this minority race and ethnicity, which will lead to discrimination against the children. This is a vicious cycle that conflict theorists strive to …show more content…
This type of discrimination is continually happening within American society. The discrimination in one domain directly affects another domain. In the United States, minorities are often discriminated against in the housing market. Minorities are unable to live in the nice and safe neighborhoods, so the children are denied the opportunity to attend the better schools in the city. By denying them better schools, they are also being denied higher educational opportunities. This lack of opportunity explains why there are such a small number of minorities attending college and seeking higher level education. This lack of education will in return affect the job of minorities. Since the minorities are not given the opportunity nor the education to obtain a high paying job, they are being forced to remain in poverty. Conflict theorists see this as being a problem within society. The conflict that arises from racial discrimination is leading to an unjust and unequal American

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