Social Issues: How the concepts of class, race and religious intolerance along with ‘stereotypes’ have/had been used historically as a means for rationalizing or justifying the treatment of one group over another and give 4 examples of institutions that provided obstacles to equality. Subject to edit.
The accumulation of past interactions between people groups has left a pervasive effect on American society today. Social categorizing, a manner of grouping and/or ranking common features and characteristics of people groups that ultimately leads to class and racial division, religious intolerance and stereotypes, has been used historically as a means for rationalizing or justifying the treatment of one group over another. Such social categories (class, race etc.) began in the colonial-imperialism era. The formula of imperialism: conquer rich in potential lands, exploit the resources of said lands, spread father country’s culture and perspectives and make Christians out of the heathens, manifested itself in colonial America. The blueprint for imperialism morphed into obstacles (laws/government, industry, slavery, and religion) that barred the fulfillment of equality for those who were deemed under qualified to be American and perpetuated stereotypes.
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The further a new group was from the native group the lower the acceptance rate. The term ‘native’ at this junction no longer referrers to Native American who originally inhabited the space but the dominant culture. That dominant culture was WASP (White-Anglo-Saxon-Protestant) that valued democracy and capitalism.
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