Status Conscious Theory Examples

Register to read the introduction… For example, you are walking down the street. In your path you spot a group of Hispanic teenagers dressed in baggy clothes and bandanas. Your first thought might be to move across the street because of this group of people. This is a perfect example of the status conscious theory. I believe that this type of discrimination is based mainly on the stereotypes that we place on certain groups of people; in this example, we might think that this group of teens are in a gang. Defined, status conscious is the consciousness and awareness of a minority group with which one comes into …show more content…
Her undergraduate grades and entrance exam scores were above average in comparison to the other applicants. On the other hand, the University did grant admission to an African-American applicant whose scores were significantly under the average. As a result of this lawsuit, the University has done away with the affirmative action policy.
This is not the only example of discrimination of this sort, however. Admission policies for almost all American universities have changed in order to reach a very diverse group of students. Examples of these are:
At the University of California at Berkeley, black and Hispanic students are up to twenty times more likely to be accepted for admission than Asian American applicants who have the same academic qualifications.
At Ivy League colleges, incoming freshmen have average grade scores close to 4.0 and average SATs of 1,250 to 1,300. According to admissions officials, however, several of these schools admit black, Hispanic, and American Indian students with grade averages as low as 2.5 and SAT aggregates "in the 700 to 800 range."(D'Souza, p.
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I feel that women and minorities should absolutely have equal rights in comparison to the "white male." However, I feel that these examples that I have listed destroy that equality. By changing their acceptance policies, I feel that these universities have given unfair and preferential treatment to certain groups of people, while denying equal rights to others.
Those opposed to affirmative action think that it is a form of reverse discrimination in which members of a minority are favored over whites who may often be more qualified than the minority applicant. Research shows that some reverse discrimination does occur but mostly when the "bias carries few personal consequences for the individual favoring minority groups." (Davidio, A60) In situations where there are personal consequences, discrimination is still more likely to occur.
In the last thirty years, surveys indicate white Americans have become less openly racist against blacks. Some would suggest that overt racism has evolved into more subtle "aversive racism." In trying not to act in an openly negative way, indirectly some may favor whites over blacks (or other minority

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