The Color Of Family Ties, A Sociological Study On Black, White, And Latino Families

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] It is evident that there are still a number of falsehoods that contribute to the adversity many people of color have to overcome in this country. Yale Law School professor, Harlon L. Dalton and Sociologists Naomi Gerstal & Natalia Sarkisian dissect two such falsehoods in their respective essays. In his essay, “Horatio Alger” Dalton takes on the rags-to-riches myth commonly portrayed in Horatio Alger’s works of fiction. Likewise, Gerstal & Sarkisian’s study on Black, White, and Latino families reveals data that debunks the widely held belief that families of color are weaker and more disorganized than their white counterparts. [Transition] There are numerous similarities and differences between these two works. While both essays examine myths that negatively affect Black and Latino people, it is clear they are written for different audiences. “The Color of Family Ties” is, first and foremost, a sociological study. Gerstal & Sarkisian wrote for other academics in their field of study. In fact, the study has appeared in American Families: A Multicultural Reader by Stephanie Coontz with Maya Parson and Gabrielle Raley and they have coauthored other work for the Journal of Marriage and the Family (47). Conversely, Dalton’s “Horatio Alger” essay is an excerpt from his book Racial Healing: Confronting the Fear Between Blacks and Whites (1995) (261). The book seems to be written for any person interested in racial politics. The actual writing is accessible and casual. Since…

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