Race Essays

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Although I was able to witness many different examples of inequalities in most of my daily encounters, a situation occurred that has had the ability to overshadow all of my other observations. While at work, I was able to have a conversation with a co-worker about her father’s recent loss of a job promotion. What makes this situation, such a powerful example of the force of stratification is more that just the conversation that took place but also in the context in which I had it and regrettably in my response to the conversation.
I am still unclear as how our discussion began, but none the less, a co-worker, Sally and I engaged in a conversation that focused on why her father, a military Chaplain was “passed up” for a recent promotion.
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This conversation about racial discrimination and Affirmative Action is a powerful example of the force of stratification because it is able to reveal three different compelling aspects. The most obvious aspect of stratification regarding this conversation is undoubtedly how Sally is able to assume her father has a superior status above African-Americans. Sally stated that her father’s unfortunate situation of being “passed up” had been based purely on racial means. This type of statement implies many of the messages of stratification. Sally’s statement implies that not only are white people superior and more deserving of life’s accommodations compared to African-Americans, but also that African-Americans are unable to excel without special consideration. The other aspects of stratification that are apparent in this conversation are not as easy to discover. While engaged in conversation with Sally she readily acknowledged that she, like the Africa-American Chaplin that received the promotion is faced with discrimination. Sally had no problem acknowledging that as a women, she is faced with discrimination, she even went as far as to highlight the lack of female managers, especially general managers and above in our company. I find this aspect of our conversation to be fascinating. Sally has no problem, identifying herself as a member of a

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