Race: A Prevailing Factor in American Politics

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Race has been and will be a prevailing factor in American politics for years to come. Race has been a center of discourse throughout the history of the United States. It has been expanding in light of the civil rights era which was primarily an issue of black and white relations to the discussion of the rise of Hispanics in number and political power. Race is not something exclusive to the United States when it has come to discrimination. More recently that most would not like to be reminded of was that the ending of apartheid in south Africa roughly 20 years ago in 1994, much later than the end of the civil rights movement in 1968 here in the united states under presidents John F Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Race and thus racism in a…show more content…
Scarcity of resources like food or water is one way but more commonly it is usually meant to refer to situations of both the “out” and “in” groups scarcity of resources dealing with social status, money This creates resentful sentiments within the groups between the “in” and “out” groups. To end the hostility A situation where the competition is somehow relieved is the only way for it can arise in the situation that the groups see the competition over resources as having a zero-sums fate, in which only one group is the winner (obtained the needed or wanted resources) and the other loses (unable to obtain the limited resource due to the "winning" group achieving the limited resource first) The length and severity of the conflict is based upon the perceived value and shortage of the given resource. According to RCT, positive relations can only be restored if superordinate goals are in place that proposes people have a motivation to defend and justify the status quo, even when it may be disadvantageous to certain people. People have a psychological need to maintain stability and order in their lives. As such, they are motivated to see the status quo (or prevailing social, economic, and political norms) as good, legitimate, and desirable. How it applies: Social identity Theory is one that describes the
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