Sociology - the Blind Side

Topics: Social stratification, Sociology, Social class Pages: 3 (929 words) Published: January 31, 2011
The Blind Side
     In the context of this extraordinary real life story a boy, depending on which society you come from he came from “The other side of the tracks” or “The wrong side of the tracks”. The story is about a young black kid who is shuffled between the welfare system, Foster homes that he runs away from and the mother (a drug addict) that has let him down. Big Tony takes him along I think as leverage to get his own son in to a Catholic school because they can both play sports. The coach seems more interested in “Big Mike” more because of his size and agility. The teachers are very concerned about the lack of education he has had, but they pull together to bring his grades up. The Tuohy family is well off and decides to befriend him and offer him their home as well as the opportunities they provide for him out of love and all that he has been through in his life. They protect each other as families do and provide the structure and family Michael has been longing for in his life. He gets his grades up with a tutor named Miss Sue Ann who has the confidence in him that she knows he has within and brings it out in him. Through trials and a few difficult times they make it through like a true family, not a family just helping an African American boy. There are tears of joy and sorrow as the Tuohy family realizes all that they have and that Michael did not have and come to find that there is another world outside their own. In the end he plays football for the NFL (Ravens) and Graduates College.        In watching the film for about the 50th time, I love this movie. I found a new perspective in relating it to this week’s assignment. I found the heartbreak of a kid that really did not fit into his own ethnic background and racially was seen more for his size than the color of his skin. The Structural-Functional Analysis of gender-role inequality works in this situation in that he finds his place within the family unit, while he is still judged...

References: Macionis,J. Society- the basics. Tenth Edition. eBook. Pearson Education, 2009. Chapters 8, 10, 11.
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