Minority discussions

Minority discussions

4. In the “Chinese Exclusion Example” by Erica Lee, Lee argues that new Asian immigrants were seen as a threat to the United States because of their race and their labor. Discuss how Asians were perceived by nativists, and why the Chinese were seen as racially threatening. Next compare the ideas behind this threat as it persists today in the selection entitled, Neither Black nor White” by Angelo N. Ancheta. Use support from both essays to explain how the racialization of Chinese immigrants provided a model for evaluating other immigrants from Asia, Mexico, and Southern Europe.

7. Identify, then compare and contrast the sociological perspectives on majority-minority relations (the functionalist or order perspective and the conflict perspective). Which perspective resonates more true to you? Why? What life experiences do you have that support either of these theoretical perspectives on majority-minority relations? Please describe the theoretical perspective you are reflecting on because this will help you and your classmates to learn them (in other words, do not simply respond to the order or conflict perspective without defining it first)

8. Many factors contribute to a life of poverty. Visit the interview with William Julius Wilson. Using Wilson and Farley, identify three reasons why family structure or family type may be an important cause of high rates of poverty among minorities. Then, identify three reasons why family structure or family type may not be an important cause of high rates of poverty among minorities. Finally, what are your thoughts on how these factors may (or may not) lead to poverty that cycle into the next generation?

9. Visit the U.S. History website and read The Peculiar Institution. Choose three narratives from slave narratives (scroll down to “Special Presentations” then “Voices and Faces ” to listen to their experiences and read the commentary on the Native American Trail of Tears. Then complete the reading in the Farley text on Mexican-Americans. Compare and contrast all three of these minority groups and post your response. How does this help you understand the exploitation of minorities? Please state the names of the three slave narratives in your post as your compare and contrast these minorities.

10. In your opinion, what role did the Civil Rights Movement play in the emergence in the 1960s of similar social movements among Mexican Americans, American Indians, and other groups.

11. How do comparisons of race and ethnic relations among different countries around the world support the view that colonization is a major cause of inequality and conflict along the lines of race or ethnicity? Provide specific examples to support your argument from the Farley text.

12. View the video “Tim Wise and White Privilege”from this week’s lecture. According to Wise, what are the race-related issues? How does white privilege affect both those who have it and those who do not?

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