Racial Diversity in Society Worksheet
Geographically Asian American make up less than 100,000 throughout the majority of the U.S. California, and New York make up the majority by having 1.3 million or more, next TX, IL, and NJ have 500-900,000, and 200-499,000 in WA, MI, PA, VA, GA, and FL. Socially they receive very little media notice like the tens of thousands that was displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Known as the model minority, because of the prejudice and discrimination they have experienced, they have succeeded, economically, socially, and educationally without resorting to political or violent confrontation with the Whites. They ceased to be the subordinate group, and no longer disadvantage. Asian Americans have been active political through collective action and recent through seeking elective office. They continue to embrace both their unique identity as well as border Pan-Asian identity. South East Asians present in the U.S. are from waves of refugees, and just disperse in to larger populations. (Richard t. Schaefer, 2012)
Racism is the belief or doctrine that inherit differences among various races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually the idea that one’s own race is superior to rule others. Teaching bad habits like racism, affects diversity by teaching our young ones not to except everyone equally or the chance to understand others different than themselves. (Definition from reference.com)
Racial groups are reserved for minority and the corresponding majorities that are socially set apart because of obvious physical differences. Skin color is the most common to set these groups apart. People often see differences and geographic origins and shared cultures as weakness’s and have many meaning to many people. In the early 18nth, and 19nth century’s the interactions have been mostly negative, more likely now days they are more neutral and sometimes positive. (Richard t. Schaefer, 2012)
It is found that modern and historical forces combine to keep many communities of color disconnected from networks of economic opportunity and up-ward mobility. Research has found that identically qualified candidates for work and housing enjoy significantly different opportunities depending on their race. In one study opportunity’s for jobs were 50 percent more favorable towards the Whites. Same goes for Asians and Arabs, and last Whites were favored over Blacks that had criminal backgrounds. (Alan Jenkins, 4/22/07)
I believe the cause of racial prejudice and discrimination in society is due to past experience, and learned behavior. If you are raised in a society, or country that does not like something, you may believe that behavior is correct. After being treated with hate you may teach your children that the ones doing so are the enemy. We as a nation have come a long way, and through education of diversity we will achieve as a nation the ability to live together in peace.
Racial and Ethnic Groups, Thirteenth edition, by Richard T. Schaefer. Copyright © 2012
Inequality, Race, and Remedy Alan Jenkins, April 22, 2007