What is Stereotyping

A stereotype is a generalized perception of first impressions: behaviors presumed by a group of people judging with the eyes, criticizing ones outer appearance (or a population in general) to be associated with another specific group. Stereotypes, therefore, can instigate prejudice and false assumptions about entire groups of people, including the members of different ethnic groups, social classes, religious orders, the opposite sex, etc. A stereotype can be a conventional and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image, based on the assumption that there are attributes that members of the “other group” have in common. Stereotypes are sometimes formed by a previous illusory correlation, a false association between two variables that are loosely correlated if correlated at all. Though generally viewed as negative perceptions, stereotypes may be either positive or negative in tone.

Exploring Racial Segregation in Holly Hills

De facto racial segregation is a common practice in the United States today. The civil right movement fought to abolish this practice. Winning its first of many legal victories in 1952 with the Brown vs. Board of Education Case, the Supreme Court’s ruling required the segregation of schools to be phased out “with all deliberate speed”. (Desmond, & Emirbayer, 2010) This Vague suggestion allowed public schools to take their time carrying out the court order. This in turn caused a backlash that can still be felt today. Due to property covenants and the discriminatory practice of redlining minority populations are currently severely concentrated in almost every city in America. According to the King county census (http://www5.kingcounty.gov/KCCensus/), Washington state is home to 5,894,121 people, 1,737,034 of those people live in King County and 75.7% are Caucasian, only 5.5% of those people are of Hispanic/Latino descent. I have gone looking for them and found the largest concentration of our Hispanic population in census tract 218.0.The block group that contains tract 218.0 consists of a 36.1% to 41.5% Hispanic population. Tract 218.0 runs along the king county/Snohomish county border, between NE Bothell and NW Woodinville. In the middle of this tract is a neighborhood named Holly Hills. I will explore this neighborhood and as a comparison I will explore a neighborhood that the 2000 census finds to contain a pradomately Caucasian population but first let’s explore Holly hills.

Immigration

Discussion on immigration has been the focus point in many conversations for quite some time. Both citizens and government officials have noticed and have clarified that immigration has become a serious issue in our country. The main problem with immigration is that a large percentage of immigrants reside in America illegally. This has affected the United States in many negative ways and should spark a large amount of concern throughout the nation.

The Cherokee Assimilation

I am part of the great Cherokee nation; my people lived throughout the great lands east of the Mississippi. My people lived on these lands peacefully for hundreds of years, we were not a nomadic people, and we had stationary homes, raised crops, tended cattle and raised our families. I wish to tell you a story of how my people were tricked, devastated and nearly destroyed by the white man’s government and greed, and my peoples walk along ‘The Trail of Tears’, according to, African in America, (n.d.), “In 1833, a small fraction agreed to sign a removal treaty of New Echota. The leaders of this group were not the recognized leaders of the Cherokee Nation and of 15,000 Cherokee-led by Chief John Ross-signed a petition in protest. The Supreme Court ignored their demands and ratified the treaty in 1836.” (p.5, para.3). The white government did not care that my people did not wish to leave our lands.

Dancing With Demons: Pathogenic Problem Solving

This paper explores the way in which we define and deal with social problems such as crime and proposes a new way of thinking about them.
Criminality, poverty, illiteracy, addiction and child abuse are some of society’s most acute and intractable problems. Despite countless attempted remedies, these complex social problems have continued to grow around the world. Although we have developed systems to address these problems, their operation routinely increases problem severity and scope. They are, in effect, perfectly designed to grow the very pathologies which they were designed to eliminate.

Concepts of sociology: affecting Life

In today’s society, it is easy to spot someone blaming themselves for the occurrence of their personal life problems. For example, a single-mother may blame herself for not being able to support her children well due to a shortage of money and unavailability to find a decent job. Another could be a newly wed couple having daily arguments that may lead to their divorce, or women who are facing difficulties perceiving their housekeeping responsibilities and wanting to become something more than just a homemaker. These various private tensions may seem very personal. These dilemmas are all related to a bigger world called society and this is known as the sociological imagination. Sociological imagination suggests that people look at their own personal troubles as social issues and, in general try to connect their own individual encounters with the workings of society. The personal problems are closely related to societal issues such as unemployment, marriage, war and even the city life where the private troubles and the public issues become clearly apparent. With the understanding of the sociological imagination, I began to notice the daily choices I make, the classes I attend, the way I was raised by my parents, the group of people I choose to hang out with, the things I like to converse about with others are all somehow affected by public issues and what society tends to make us believe is right. There are many areas in my life where I feel that I am greatly affected by various sociological theories such as events dealing with gender and sexuality, family and culture, ethnicity and race, and social class and work.

Divorce Hurts Children

Over half of couples seeking a divorce still have kids living at home. Some parents don’t realize when they file for a divorce the damage and effect that it will have on their children. Divorce hurts children no matter what their circumstance is. Parents start fighting in front of the kids over who did what and how stupid they were for getting married in the first place. Then they go to court to hear the judge make the decision of who gets what from their divorce. But the hardest part of the divorce for children, I think, is seeing their parents fighting over who gets custody of them.

Human Trafficking

By definition human trafficking is the commerce and trade in the movement or migration of people, legal and illegal, including both legitimate labor activities as well as forced labor. Human trafficking is now one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world, with the total annual revenue for trafficking in persons estimated to be between $5 billion and $9 billion. The Council of Europe states that people who are being trafficked has reached epidemic proportions over the past decade, with a global annual market of about $42.5 billion. Trafficking victims typically are recruited using deception, fraud, the abuse of power, or outright abduction. Threats, violence, and economic leverage such as debt forgiveness and the promise of a “good” life can persuade a victim into being exploited.

Open-mindedness is the future

Open-mindedness is the future

“Racism isn’t born, folks, it’s thaught. I have two-year-old son. You know what he hates? Naps! End of list”

This quote is written by Dennis Leary and I agree, racism and prejudice are usually not words that can be found in a little boy or girl’s dictionary. However I think a lot of people automatically creates a defence against what isn’t exactly similar to themselves, instead of open up and try to learn something about the other culture. I think it’s the competitor switch that goes on and they want to prove themselves as better than the other.

Affirmative Action as Reverse Discrimination

America is the land of opportunity, but to be fully qualified for the status, it needs to be “color-blind, race-blind, and gender-blind.” Affirmative Action began as a way to stop discrimination, but as new laws have been added to it, it has become reverse discrimination. Everyone has the opportunity to be a great addition to society. It is an immense injustice for people to say that someone of a different race or gender is not capable of achieving the same status in life as a white male. Through this paper, the concepts of affirmative action will be analyzed and discussed.

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