Racial Preferences Essay
Whites Swim in Racial Preference assignment Pamela McCormick Third written assignment Ivy Tech Community College Sociology 111 Diana Lyerson-Breland 07/01/2012
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Yet they were forced to make their wages accommodate the needs of their families. We set them up for living the life of poverty while keeping in mind the white families were working the same jobs with better pay and receiving privileges just because of the color of their skin. This article made huge impact on how we as society should recognize that racism is still in effect when it pertains to wages according to the statistics in the article from 2003. It is also important to re-enforce another part of the article indicating how whites pride themselves on hard work and ambition. As if we worked harder than people forced to pick cotton, strawberries, tomatoes, and build levies for free (Wise, 2003). If we move forward through history even though society has become more accepting of interracial marriages the children are often impacted. Their black community does not want to accept them nor does their white community which is a shame because the children are the ones who suffer the prejudice from society. Imagine the psychological an emotional impact these children have endured? “Prejudice often leads to discrimination, the denial of opportunities and equal rights to individuals and groups because of prejudice or other arbitrary reasons” (Schaefer, 2012). Continuing to move forward through this history and the many generations who are just going about their daily lives unaware of the racial preferences they are …show more content…
Let us just consider a few of the opportunities such as housing, employment, and education as whites we do not realize the preferential treatment we receive versus the non-preferential treatment received by the blacks. When you stop and think about the ignorant statements made by white people stating that if they had been black then they would have received the opportunity with no consideration of the amount of pain and hardship we inflicted on black people in history. It really makes one stop and think about the privileges we receive as white people. History has come a long way because now we have our first African American President which is a huge accomplishment for all black people. Yet even with an African American President racial profiling and prejudice is part of today’s society. As Caucasian Americans we need to realize the preferential treatment we are receiving and find a way to ensure equal rights and opportunities for all. In conclusion, bringing awareness to society by utilizing education combined will in turn lead to new values and beliefs being instilled into future family generations. We need to teach the children to be accepting of other cultures and be willing to work with them to ensure a better future for all generations to come.