Race And Ethnic Conflict In The United States

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Race and Politics It is a given fact that most people tend to socially gravitate towards people they have common interests with. Last week we read about the formation of these social groups and began segregating these groups according to behavioral traits and perspectives. This week I have spent time researching six different forms of domination that often emerge when different racial and ethnic groups live together in a society and will discuss how social and economic factors tend to produce racial hatred and conflict through these six forms of domination. The 20th century has sometimes been called the Killing Century; this is in part due to large-scale genocide, the mass murder of huge groups of people (Metcalf. 2008). Genocide is also referred to as ethnic cleansing. Ethnic cleansing refers to the attempt to completely wipe out entire ethnicities. My father was a native-born Hungarian and was one of sixteen children. When my father was around eighteen years old the Russians invaded Hungary. My father saw his family lined up and shot down. Fortunately, my father stowed away on a ship that was bound for New York harbor. Other examples of…show more content…
Ethnic conflict is still very much in the news today. Why do conflicts occur among countries? Like our text tells us on page 14 from the conflict perspective, “In the conflict view, groups exert what power they possess over others when it serves their interests, and society consists of a wide array of interest groups struggling to acquire a share of societal resources.” (Sullivan. 2007, pg. 14). Whether it is over competition for scarce natural resources such as oil, different values and beliefs (difference between communism and democracy or religion), or claiming territory such as the Amazon tribe, it is almost inevitable to exists under any of these forms of domination without conflict of some

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