Sociology Essay Questions

Based on the textbook Getting Real About Race by Stephanie McClure and Cherise Harris (2015)

1. Sometimes people observe racial segregation and assume it is because of comfort and choice on the part of people of color, as opposed to any further barriers being erected by whites today. What evidence can you point to from this weeks reading module in housing and relationships that counters this “purely individual choice” argument? Give at least 3 data points, use your own words and think like a sociologist. The reading will come from (Essay 11) “But What About the Children?” and (Essay 14)”They Don’t Want to Be Integrated, They Even Have Their Own Greek Organizations”

2. After the late 1960s, (a) interracial marriage was no longer illegal in the U.S. nor was (b) nursing discrimination, or (c) school segregation. Please identify two specific improvements that occurred in any of those 3 areas from approximately 1970 to 2000 as well as two specific example that attest to the persistence of racial segregation in any of the 3 areas.


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