SOCA03H3 – Week 1
- Pinnacle of sport
o From the underclass
- Given leeway
o Excuse/neutralize/tolerate deviance.
- Create ambivalence
- Fear & increased social control
- Slave owners in US used to carry fights against blacks.
o Fight to the death.
- Jack Johnson
o After he won the championship, riots occurred.
o Whites didn’t like him being champion.
o Taunts white men, marries white women.
- Joe Louis
o The kind of black champion that Americans would like.
He was “good”.
Humble, quiet, dignified.
Donated a lot to the war effort.
He becomes broke.
Ended up becoming a greeter in a hotel.
Became a charity case
- Floyd Patterson o Would’ve been a great fighter, but he had a “glass” jaw.
- Sonny Liston
o “The Bear”
o “First time I ate well, was in prison.”
o Spent half his life in and out of prison.
- Muhammad Ali
o He becomes a muslim.
o He became loud and arrogant.
o I ain’t got nothing against the economy.
o 26-32 – he didn’t fight.
- The Great White Hope
o Vs. Larry Homes
- Rubin “Hurricane” Carter
o 20 years in jail
Wrongfully convicted triple murder
• Thrown out by US Supreme Court
Afro-Americans & Social Control
- Clarence Thomas & Anita Hill
- Michael Jackson
o Refer to earlier cases
- Rodney King
- Kobe Bryant
- 1/3 Afro-American men in prison, parole or probation.
Police Racial Profiling - Racial profiling against blacks.
o A black person driving a nice car.
Will get pulled over based on assumption of theft.
Fear of Afro-American Youth
- Quote: Jessie Jackson
- Some Afro-American youth no stake in system
o Adopt cool pose.
Race and Ethic
- Little/no biological or genetic basis left
o Little basis to begin with.
- Exist because people treat ‘races’ as different
o i.e. a social construction
- Descendants of the same ancestors
- Share some cultural traits
- Interact together & aware of their own ties
- Seek to define membership and maintain boundaries
- Are recognized by others
The Vertical Mosaic – John Porter
- Ethnic groups occupy unequal positions in the stratification system.
- Unfavourable (and irrational) generalizations applied to members of a group