Essay on Whites Swim in a Racial Preference

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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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According to T. Wise, few whites have ever thought of our position as resulting from racial preferences which also is a demarcation of privilege that is the necessary flipside of discrimination (Wise, 2003). As a society we want to believe that racism is a thing of the past, however, in reality racism is still alive and well in society today. “Racism is defined as the belief that one race is supreme and all others are innately inferior. When racism prevails in a society, members of subordinate groups generally experience
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“We strike the pose of self-sufficiency while ignoring the advantages we have been afforded in every real of activity: housing, education, employment, criminal justice, politics, banking and business. We ignore the fact that at almost every turn, our hard work has been met with access to an opportunity structure denied to millions of others. Privilege, to us, is like water to the fish: invisible because we cannot imagine life without it” (Wise, 2003).

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We must take into consideration that even in society today whites are given privileges for everyday opportunities with-out even realizing these privileges were given to us. 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…

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