Eth/125 Appendix E

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Appendix E

Part I

Define the following terms:

TermDefinition
Racial formationA sociohistorical process by which racial categories are created, inhibited, transformed, and destroyed.

SegregationThe physical separation of two groups, often imposed on a subordinate group by the dominant group.

De jure segregationChildren assigned to schools specifically to maintain racially separated schools.

PluralismMutual respect for one another’s culture, a respect that allows minorities to express their own culture without suffering prejudice or discrimination.

AssimilationThe process by which a subordinate individual or group takes on the characteristics of the dominant group.

Part II

Answer the following questions in 150 to 350 words each:

Throughout most of U.S. history in most locations, what race has been the majority? What is the common ancestral background of most members of this group? Throughout most of the history almost all locations the race, which has been the majority, is the “white race” which comprises both Hispanic Americans which has the highest proportion of the population in the Middle Western side of the country, which is 85% and the non- Hispanic that makes up 79 percent of our population. A “White” person usually refers to individuals who are light colored and or light pigmentation of the skin, however defining a very straightforward denotation of ethnicity and race. It is very important to understand the origin of individuals before saying they are “white”.

What are some of the larger racial minorities in U.S. history? What have been the common ancestral backgrounds of each of these groups? When did each become a significant or notable minority group? The major racial categories in American society are white, African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native Americans. Racism is a social problem in the United States and has been since the founding of the country. It is...
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