Social Identity Essay

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Whether, we like to believe it or not society is made up of a dominant culture, the group with power, privilege, and status, and a subordinate group that is seen as objects of collective oppression and discrimination. This is all characterized from Euro centric beliefs and the devaluation of Black culture. Black culture is the less ideal and therefore, causes members of its group to want to withdraw and enter into the leading mainstream culture. The major problem associated with social identity is the refusal of members from the dominant group to acknowledge their privilege. The attitude and racist norms which shape the way it means to be black is framed by whites. White police officers who are killing defenseless black males have been socialized …show more content…
This is all characterized from Euro centric beliefs and the devaluation of Black culture. Black culture is the less ideal and therefore, causes members of its group to want to withdraw and enter into the leading mainstream culture. The major problem associated with social identity is the refusal of members from the dominant group to acknowledge their privilege. The attitude and racist norms which shape the way it means to be black is framed by whites. White police officers who are killing defenseless black males have been socialized in this racist narrative against the black social group. This results in many blacks being left on the marginal sidelines of the sought after, so called American dream. These social problems are a result of the white social constructs of identity and the jaded narrative of the …show more content…
A sad fact for Oku, who loves her. Jackie and her parents are estranged, especially from a young age. They, actually had her quite young. They moved from Nova Scotia to Alexandra Park in Toronto. Which was a rather poor area. They went out quite a lot throughout Jackie’s childhood and frequented the Paramount. They were always partying and drinking. They never really offered Jackie much safety and security, with their free spirited lifestyle, this created a deep longing for it inside JackieThese experiences reinforced her racial identity. “Jackie was breezy about everything. It was her way of keeping things together. The breeziness was the surface, underneath Jackie was frantically setting all the disturbances in order” (Brand, 44) Problems associated with her racial identity is usually overlooked. A white supremacist would view Jackie at the bottom of social order. Even Oku, who is in love with her is unable to identify with her struggles of being a black woman. He did not believe in the racialized issues that she could face as a black woman. Oku never took into account that women of colour face more racialized issues than men. This is evident when she states, “Well, I’m just a young black woman trying to find my way and I aint in Jail alright? Who the hell is “they’? Don’t bring me that endangered-species shit’cause I’m the most endangered species, all right?” (Brand,

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