Race & Ethnicity. Bell Work – Race & Ethnicity 4/30. What is Race? Is race a real thing? What is the purpose of race? When did you first encounter race?. Plato’s Cave. “Race” is a social construction.
Prejudice involves attitudes, while discrimination is about behavior. Prejudice usually leads to discrimination. Conversely in some instances, discrimination creates prejudice.
How does this happen?
Defined by distinctive physical or cultural characteristics that can be used to separate them from the majority
Dominated by the majority
Possess traits that are perceived to be inferior when compared to the majority
Have a common sense of identity with strong group loyalty
Determined by who makes up the majority
Does Not Discriminate
1/4th live below poverty line
Fewer graduate from high school than any other minority
Lowest annual income ($21,619)
Only 1 in 5 hold professional, managerial or administrative positions
1 in 3 hold blue collar positions
Lack of much political power
½ of those living in reservations are below the poverty line
9.3% not on reservations go to college, opposed to 5% of those on reservations
Alcoholism is also incredibly rampant
4% of the total population
China Towns started because of competition for jobs with other immigrants in the late 1800s
Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 – ends Chinese immigration for a century
California Alien Land Bill 1913 – only allowed Japanese to lease, not own, farmland
1924 Immigration Bill completely bars Japanese immigration
Pearl Harbor – Executive Order 9066, 111,000 Japanese are put in internment camps
Commonly seen as the “model minority”
Do you agree or disagree with Affirmative Action?