Defining “institutional racism” is sometimes difficult for people, but it affects our present-day American existence. The video above is an attempt to provide a visual representation of how American history has created a need to achieve equity in modern times. Using the videos, name some of the obstacles that have contributed to unequal opportunities in the United States. (Please note: Affirmative Action and implicit bias will be discussed at a later date within this course). How might these obstacles relate to your profession, either now or in the future?
Using our sociological imagination can allow trained professionals the opportunity to solve structural issues in American society. Keeping this in mind, please address the following issues.
· Select an example of a “private trouble” and
· What factors/evidence would you use to explain how and why it may reflect a structural problem in society?
· What are some potential solutions to this problem, both for the individual and the group to which they belong?
· Which theoretical perspective lens would you apply to solve this issue: functionalism, conflict theory, or symbolic interactionism? Why?
Please use standard APA format for headings and citations to address the following writing prompt. Your response should be a minimum of two pages, but no more than four pages (unless you have instructor approval).
Please use academic journals, course text, and/or scholarly articles to support your claim.
To understand the social structures of oppression and discrimination, as well as the strategies of change that promote social and economic justice.
(2019, April 16). Systemic Racism Explained [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrHIQIO_bdQ
Graduate School of Social Work – DU. (2018, March 26). Power Privilege and Oppression [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTDikx-maoM
www.Tarbia.TV. (2016, February 9). The Unequal Opportunity Race: White Privilege? Institutional Racism? [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_A1JKJ506o