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Racism : Racism And Community Competence

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Book Analysis: Racism Racism is a major social problem in the world. It is not restricted to a certain country or society. A lot of times, racism is portrayed in a subtle way. Like how certain races don’t get as much chances to get a good job. Or perhaps how certain races aren’t given an equal social reality than people with different backgrounds get. As an example, it may be harder for someone that is African American to get a job at a rich business than a person who is caucasian. That is the unfortunate reality in a lot of cases. Oscar A. Barbarin, in his book Institutional Racism and Community Competence, discusses and tackles racism in today 's world. Barbarin is the Chair and Professor of the African American Studies Department of…show more content…
Another aspect of racism that Barbarin discusses in his book is the work place. He states that some racial groups are at a disadvantage when it comes to the workplace. It is harder for tem to get jobs. And even if they get jobs, these racial groups would be denied promotions and experience more retentions. He goes further and points out that companies that pay low and don’t require a lot of skill look for nonwhite people. This makes it harder for some racial groups to get the higher paying jobs that whites sometimes get because of their race. He highlights another flaw in the job industry when he writes, “Minorities with equal education get lower status/lower income jobs than whites” (Barbarin 16). When I first read this, I felt very upset inside my heart. It made me remember in class when we talked about crime and how people who cannot afford to rent a house and stay off the streets because their income is too low, therefore running to prison where they will live an easier life. This concept of crime connects with Barbarin 's points because if non-whites aren’t able to get a decent income, or a job at all, because of the social structure, then that will increase the chances of them committing crime and going to prison substantially. The psychological strain theory also comes into play here. The strain theory is a means of someone attaining the society’s version of success. In Barbarin’s text, he describes how
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