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No matter who we are or what neighborhood we live in each morningwanting to believe in our schools we take a leap of faith is a quotefrom the filmmaker Davis Guggenheim who filmed the documentary Waitingfor Superman This documentary is about the horrible educationalsystem in the United States and the alternative which is creatingCharter schools This documentary follows the lives of five childrenstruggling in the public educational system Four of these children arepart of racial minority group which makes their lives in the publiceducational system even harder This paper is on the historicalconstruction of race and ethnicity in the United States and an analysison the documentary Waiting for Superman The United States concept of race has its origins in Western EuropeHealey 2010 Race is biologically an isolated inbreeding populationwith a distinctive genetic heritage Socially the term is used looselyand reflects patterns of inequality and power Healey 2010 Race wasused to distinguish the superior and inferior people white being theinferior In colonial America black people from Africa were brought tobe slaves When slaves were brought to the Americas they were consideredinferior people because who ever was conquered was inferior In thefirst census of 1790 required for purposes of apportionment by the USConstitution adopted in 1787 the separation between blacks and whites was already madeGlazer p573 This was thefirst historical record of race construction in the United States Theconstruction of Ethnicity in the United States was as early as thesettlers who came mainly from England and Germany They are now what iscalled the dominant group Ethnicity is different from race and manypeople confuse the two ethnicity is the persons culture where theycame from and not the color of their skin Ethnicity was not recorded inthe first census only race was later ethnicity was recorded when moreimmigrants started coming to the United States In 1980 the question onbirthplace of parents was dropped to the distress of sociologists andstudents of ethnicity A new question on ancestry was added whichin
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