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Generations of Americans have prided themselves on living in a country that promotes justice and liberty for all Unfortunately for many of us this is far from the truth Daily people experience the misfortune and hatred that goes along with being labeled a minority Today well explore some of the terms and theories that define the minority statusLets first start with defining the term minority Obviously there are about as many definitions for the word as there are people that it tries to define Minority status as defined by Richard Schaefer in Racial and Ethnic Groups is a group that is a subordinate group whose members have significantly less controlpower over their own lives that that held by the members of the majoritydominant groupNow lets pick apart that definition and look at the word subordinate There are various ways that the word subordinate can be defined The easiest way to explain it would be to say that a subordinate group is a group of people that understand the dominant group well and want to be like them On the other hand the dominant group seems to know the subordinate well but in reality those images are often tainted with stereotypes There are many different types of subordinate groups they are based on racial ethnic religious and gender stereotypes Often times a dominant group will begin sometimes unknowingly to oppress the subordinate group Oppression can be defined as repressing another group of people in order to inhibit them from further bettering themselvesWeve talked a lot about the dominant group Now lets take a moment and define exactly what it takes to belong in a dominant setting Dominant as defined by The New International Websters Pocket Dictionary of the English Language is to have supreme or masterful power or influence over Basically stating that the dominant group controls every aspect of a minority groups life from what kind of education they receive to what jobs they perform
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