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Rosenblum, K. E., & Travis T. C. (2016). The meaning of difference: American constructions of race and ethnicity, sex and gender, social class, sexuality, and disability (7th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
- Section I, “Framework Essay”
- Section II, “Framework Essay”
- Section II, Reading 22, “Latinos in the U.S. Race Structure”
- Section II, Reading 23, “Everybody’s Ethnic Enigma”
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Discussion: Personal Experience of Privilege and Stigma
Society frames some racial and ethnic groups in a more positive light than others, thus affording preferential treatment to the members of those groups. The term privilege is used to refer to this preferential treatment. Privilege is the advantage given to some statuses. Wellesley College professor Peggy McIntosh first created the term in 1988, while teaching courses in women’s studies. In the “Framework Essay” for Section II in your course text, the author describes McIntosh’s personal account of her observations. She learned that men often are granted advantages, such as higher compensation at work, because of their gender. By extending the analysis to race, she discovered that people often assume that white people are not poor or violent and do not engage in criminal behavior.
While privilege results in preferential treatment, stigma results in negative treatment. In many ways, privilege and stigma are considered to be opposite. A stigma is an attribute for which someone is considered bad, unworthy, or discredited. For example, a black person is more likely than a white person to be under surveillance while shopping. In McIntosh’s account, blacks were also viewed as lazy. Asian Americans were seen as shy and yielding.
To prepare for this Discussion:
- Review the “Framework Essay” in Section I, the “Framework Essay” in Section II, and Reading 22 in the course text. Pay particular attention to the examples of privilege and stigma.
- Think about a situation in which someone experienced positive treatment due to privilege related to perceived racial or ethnic identity. The person that you select should be someone who is famous or infamous, such as an athlete, a politician, an actor, a musician, an historical figure, or someone who has been highlighted in the media.
- Think about a situation in which someone experienced negative treatment due to stigma related to perceived racial or ethnic identity. Just as in the previous situation, this person should also be someone who is famous or infamous.
- Consider how the positive treatment due to privilege and the negative treatment due to stigma would differ.
With these thoughts in mind:
By Day 3
Post a description of a situation in which your chosen person experienced positive treatment due to privilege related to perceived racial or ethnic identity. Explain why the individual was given this privileged treatment. Then, describe a situation in which your chosen person experienced negative treatment due to stigma related to perceived racial or ethnic identity. Explain why the individual was stigmatized. Finally, compare and contrast how the treatment differed in the situation representing privilege versus the situation representing stigma.
Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.
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