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Warm-up:. Sociologist Allan G. Johnson feels that “no one likes to see themselves connected to someone else’s misery, no matter how remote the link.”

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Sociologist Allan G. Johnson feels that “no one likes to see themselves connected to someone else’s misery, no matter how remote the link.”

Do you feel this is true? If so, what do people do to “distance themselves” from the specters of “ism’s” such as racism, sexism, and homophobia?

what do we tend to do about it
What do we tend to do about it?

We deny the privilege exists anymore…

We minimize its present effects…

We call it something else less offensive…

We state it’s better that way…

We say we are one of the good ones…

“I can’t have it both ways. If I am going to welcome the way social categories work to my advantage, I also have to consider that when those same categories are used against others through no fault of their own, it then becomes my business because through the process I am being privileged at their expense.

--- Allan G. Johnson

what is meant by the terms race and ethnicity
What is Meant by the Terms “Race” and “Ethnicity?”



A socially constructed category composed of people who share biologically transmitted traits that members of a society consider important.

A shared cultural heritage.

(language, ancestors, religion, etc.)

what is a majority versus a minority
What is a “Majority” Versus a “Minority”


The power holders in society, not necessarily the largest only in number. (also known as the “status quo” in society.)


Those groups sharing a unique identity and a clear social and economic disadvantage in society.

  • There are four ways in which these groups typically interact with one another.
  • The sharing of resources equally.
  • The “minority” attempts to fit in with the “majority” by becoming more like them(changes in dress, values, religion, etc.)
  • The “forced separation” of two groups of people.
    • De Jure- “by law”
    • De Facto- “in actual fact”
  • The systematic killing of one group over another.