SOCI 101 Lecture Notes - Lecture 20: Jim Crow Laws, Minority Group, Chemical Warfare

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Minority groups grossly underrepresented in U.S. government
o 3-14% of Congress is a minority group over time
o USA is a country of immigrants
Racea group whose inherited physical characteristics distinguish it from other groups
Ethnicityhaving distinctive cultural characteristics
o Ethnic work: activities designed to discover, enhance, maintain, or transmit an
ethnic or racial identity
o Belonging to a culture/practicing specific culture
o Whites do’t eally hae this
They are an infusion of several other races/ethnic identities
No true ethnic identity
Minority group: people who are singled out for unequal treatment and who regard
themselves as objects of collective discrimination
Dominant group: group with the most power, greatest privilege, and highest social
status
Examples of Minority and Dominant Groups
o Apartheid (Africa)
Nelson Mandela
Blacks had majority in numbers but lacked power
o Holocaust (Germany)
Jews were minority group
o Chemical welfare against Kurds (Iraq)
Kurds were an ethnic group
Saddam Hussein decided to initiate chemical warfare against
them
o Jim Crow Laws (USA)
African Americans were the minority
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