Assessing Hidden Prejudice Analytical Essay by Nicky

An essay analyzing the hidden prejudices set within certain racial groups.
# 150269 | 1,842 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 30, 2012 in African-American Studies (Racism) , Hot Topics (General)

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This essay is meant to be a analytical piece on the systems of recognition and prejudices within different racial groups. This theory of characterizing one's group as that of the dominate position, is taken from both an objective perspective but also from one's own personal perspective. The personal perspective in this case is that of a white male who grew up in the suburbs and attended a series of Catholic schools while growing up. This position, which the writer deems to be one of privilege, illustrates how our positions in life create hidden prejudices. In addition to this, the essayist also looks at many theories and portrayals of African-Americans in the media and elsewhere.

From the Paper:

"Furthermore, in order for white privilege to be addressed the privileged must come to see themselves as simply another race in the struggle that has made out better than any other in the amassing of resources and power. When this acknowledgement occurs all races are placed on the same level, so that some common dialogue can be achieved in order to begin to repair the collapsed bridges between the groups. In order to adopt non-racists attitudes one must accept his or her role in the problem of racism and understand the benefits received thereof. In other words one must accept one's whiteness and the resultant benefits reaped from racism and oppression (Hays & Chang 2003).
"As far as my scores and ratings on the Implicit Association Test I must say that they seem to bear out most of Blumer's theories. However, it must be noted that there is little way for the test to assure the veracity of responses entirely. These tests do come at the issue from a different perspective to try and throw an individual's perceptions about their own racism off kilter. But there were certainly times during the test where I could imagine some being less then truthful in their responses and placing the usefulness of such a test in jeopardy."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Blumer, H. "Race prejudice as a sense of group position." Pacific Sociological Review, I, 3--7. (1958).
  • Hays, Danica G & Chang, Catherine Y. "White Privilege, Oppression, and Racial Identity Development: Implications for Supervision." Counselor Education & Supervision 43(2003): 134-145
  • Barlow, H. D. (Ed.). Crime and Public Policy: Putting Theory to Work. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. 1995..
  • Downs, W. R., Robertson, J. F., & Harrison, L. R. "Control Theory, Labeling Theory and the Delivery of Services for Drug Abuse to Adolescents." Adolescence, 32(125), 1-3. (1997).
  • Link, B. G., & Phelan, J. C. "Conceptualizing Stigma." Annual Review of Sociology. 363. 2001.

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