SOC 134 Lecture Notes - Lecture 23: Institutional Racism

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Lecture 23 4/20
What would you do?
Interpersonal racism: racism manifests in our dispositions,
interactions, and practices
Institutional racism: systematic race-based domination, embedded
and operating in universities, corporations, legal systems, political
bodies, and other social collectives
Individualistic fallacy: racism is assumed to belong to the realm of
ideas and prejudices
Prejudice: a negative attitude about a person or person based on their
(perceived) group membership
Racial Disparities in Incarceration
African Americans are 12% of monthly drug users, 38% of those are
arrested for drug offenses, and 59% of those
People of color make up 30% of the us population, but 60% of the
prison population
o 1/3 black men can expect to go to prison at some point in their
lifetime
The War on Drugs
Between 1981 and 2001, drug control spending increased from $2
billion to over $18 billion
Drug enforcement focuses heavily on poor, nonwhite communities
o Stereotypical association of drug use with African American
o Weak political power of poor communities of color
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