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Discrimination in american society


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Discrimination in american society

  1. 1. Discrimination in American Society
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Discrimination and poverty are inextricably linked to the fabric of American social welfare </li></ul><ul><li>Economic, social, and political discrimination often leads to poverty, which in turn, results in the need for income maintenance and other social programs </li></ul>
  3. 3. Topics to be Discussed… <ul><li>African Americans </li></ul><ul><li>Hispanic Americans </li></ul><ul><li>In-School Bullying </li></ul><ul><li>Women </li></ul>
  4. 4. UNICEF, “Adolescents: Beyond the Stereotypes”
  5. 5. Discrimination <ul><li>Expressed through frustration and/or aggression </li></ul><ul><li>When individuals hold prejudicial attitudes because of their socialization </li></ul><ul><li>Dominate groups often discriminate to maintain their economic political advantages </li></ul>
  6. 6. Racism <ul><li>Discrimination against and prejudicial treatment of a racially different minority group </li></ul><ul><li>Strongly Entrenched in Society </li></ul>
  7. 7. African Americans <ul><li>Poverty - 8.9 million or 23.9% live below the poverty rate (compared to 8% of whites) </li></ul><ul><li>Family Structure – 48% married couples, 43% single female-headed households, 9% men only. 36% of children reside with both parents </li></ul><ul><li>African American Businesses – grew by 46% in the late 80s and early 90s. Only 1% of total business receipts were to black-owned businesses. </li></ul>
  8. 8. African Americans <ul><li>Health – AA Infant mortality rate 13.6 per 1000 live births (compared to 5.7 for whites) </li></ul><ul><li>AA account for more than ½ of all new HIV diagnosis </li></ul><ul><li>Education – The same % of black and white students graduate from high school </li></ul><ul><li>18% of blacks over 25 years old are college graduates (compared to 34% of whites) </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer minority college graduates go on to obtain advanced degrees </li></ul>
  9. 9. Hispanic Americans <ul><li>The largest minority group: about 50 million (out of 311 million), or 1 in every 6 Americans </li></ul><ul><li>By 2050, 25% of US population will be Hispanic </li></ul><ul><li>Hispanic masks diversity with the group: the term is use to describe families with histories from 22 different nations </li></ul>
  10. 10. Hispanic Americans <ul><li>This Hispanic poverty rate surpasses the black poverty rate (22%) </li></ul><ul><li>Hispanic children represent 18% of all US children but make up 30% of all children living in poverty </li></ul>
  11. 11. Hispanic Americans <ul><li>More than 2 in 5 Hispanics aged 25 and older have not graduated from high school </li></ul><ul><li>Hispanics aged 25 and older were less likely to have graduated from high school than whites (57% to 89%) </li></ul><ul><li>More than ¼ of Hispanics have less than a 9 th grade education (4% whites) </li></ul><ul><li>11% have college degrees (compared to 29% whites) </li></ul>
  12. 12. In-School Bullying <ul><li>Everyone has a story to tell </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone has felt different </li></ul><ul><li>What do we remember from 30 years ago that has made a lasting impression in school environment? </li></ul><ul><li>Students are experiencing and living NOW! </li></ul><ul><li>What lessons will they remember from our time 30 years from now? </li></ul>
  13. 13. “ Stole” Kelly Rowland
  14. 14. In-School Bullying <ul><li>Causes of Bullying in American Schools: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Desire for Control </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cycle of Abuse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Influence of Media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gang Membership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-Esteem Issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural/Religious/Gender/Ethnic/Racial Discrimination </li></ul></ul>
  15. 16. Women and Society <ul><li>The Feminization of Poverty –Idea that poverty was rapidly becoming a female phenomenon </li></ul><ul><li>The poverty rate for women is 13.7% & for single mother families is 35.5% </li></ul><ul><li>2 of 3 poor adults are women </li></ul><ul><li>4 of 10 families headed by women live in poverty </li></ul>
  16. 17. Women and Society <ul><li>Gender Discrimination??? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Workplace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Glass Ceiling” Effect </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic Institutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Housing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial Assistance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Socially </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sports— WHICH can be played by men and/or women? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Religion— WHAT positions can be held by men and/or women? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 18. Women and Society <ul><li>Violence against Women Act (VAWA) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Comprehensive approach to domestic violence and sexual assault </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Designed to improve response of police, prosecutors and judges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Force sex offenders to pay restitution to victims </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grants for graining in domestic abuse, battered women’s shelters, hotlines etc. </li></ul></ul>