Intro to Sociology, Week 1 Notes
Intro to Sociology, Week 1 Notes SO 1003
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Date Created: 01/18/16
Aliyah Alexander Intro to Sociology Notes 1/14/16 from the video Characteristics are the first thing we notice about each other Race is not a level of biological division Laws & practices effect race We can see how they inforce racial identities and inequalities Eastern and southern Europeans came looking for jobs Immigrants worked the most hardest labor 58% of factory workers were immigrants New comers were forced in low paying jobs “The melting pot” was made to show how to shape Americans To whites, “Whiteness” was key to citizenship Whites were the only citizens that were naturalized To be white was to gain the full American life Courts & legislators enforced “Jim Crow Laws” It was a law defined by black people Race is a social/political construction South Asians were stripped of their citizenship and property Now as “aliens” and stripped of citizenship many people were unable to lease land and property for their businesses “The house I live in” film called for equality “Whiteness” was more than skin color, it was the privilege of opportunity Roosevelts “New Deal” reform offered many Americans a path out of poverty The original Social Security program excluded farm workers and domestics, most of whom were not white. Many unions knocked blacks and Mexicans into low paying jobs, or kept them out all together The perfect example of how European ethnics would finally gain the full benefits of whiteness came through housing at the end of WWII GI’s were ready to come home and start families but had no place to live Veterans turned to a revolutionary New Deal housing program The federal housing administration provided loans so Americans could afford their homes The new term of purchasing a home was that you put 10% or 20% down and the bank financed 80% of it over 30 years Brand new communities sprang up in a lot of cities The owners of the new housing development had not yet decided to sell the house to blacks They thought that having 1 or 2 non white families would under mind real estate values in the new suburbs Starting in the 1930s, government officials institutionalized the national appraise system where race was as much a factor in real estate assessment as the condition of the property The whites built a 6 foot wall between themselves in the non whites in the neighborhood Another federal program, “Urban renewal” was supposed to make cities more livable All houses destroyed by urban renewal was not replaced 2/3 of those displaced were black or Latina In 1968, President Johnson signed the fair housing act, for the first time racial land was removed from the policy White began to move in traditional white communities A common black society wanted to value content of character over the color of skin The hope of thousands of new comers that arrive each year are hoping to come into that Is color blindness the same as equality? We want to be in a society were color does not matter The wealth gap grows The advantages of being white accumulates from one generation to the next There is no way to talk about the equality of opportunity without talking about the equality of condition Ask yourself what can you do about social inequality Don’t forget the HW you guys!!!!! Due tomorrow!! Hope these help!!
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