The Financial Consequences Of Saying ' Black, Vs. African American

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In Joe Pinsker’s article “The Financial Consequences of Saying 'Black, ' vs. 'African-American ',” Pinsker discusses how using either of the terms Black American or African American can impact your social status either positively or negatively. He uses the research and studies of others as well as the credibility of another author to build his argument that one term is being favored over the other. He is effective in conveying his message for some people, but for others like me, he could have done more to connect with his readers and add more of his opinion.
Many studies from different researchers were clear to provide proof of Pinsker 's claim. He first uses a study from 2001 that says the term “Black” carries a negative connotation than the term “African American”. This was based more on an individual’s opinion and not an actual study. Another study by the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology found that Black people are viewed more negatively than African Americans because of a perceived difference in socioeconomic status. This stereotype categorizes blacks as apathetic and incapable of being in society. It is racially bias and it is only based on status. The last study Pinsker used is an experiment where two groups of people were given a brief description of a man from Chicago with the last name Williams. To one group, he was identified as “African-American,” and another was told he was “Black.” Each group was asked to evaluate Mr. Williams’s salary, professional…

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