Soc 120 Week 2 Prejudice and Discrimination
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Soc 120 Week 2 Prejudice and DiscriminationPrejudice and Discrimination
November 25, 2012
Prejudice and Discrimination
When reflecting on my six-month expedition to South Africa, I recognized various aspects of prejudice and discrimination. Although racial categories in South Africa have been abolished, many native countrymen still view themselves and others according to these categories. Race is the classification system to categorize people based on physical characteristics, but has not scientific significance. “Blacks are the largest racial group in South Africa (approximately 79% [of the total population]) (Shutts, Kinzler, Katz, Tredoux, & Spelke, 2011)” consisting of several ethnic groups, such as Khoi-San, Xhosa, Zulu, Ndebele, Sotho, Venda, and Shangaan. Ethnicity is cultural traits shared by a category of people; religion, language, and national origin are types of ethnic classifications. However, the minority of white South Africans have more freedom and opportunities because of the unspoken racial separation within the government and workforce.
Khoi-San is the unified name of two ethnic groups, who share physical characteristics and languages of the Bantu region. They are known to have small, short frames, copper-brown skin, high cheekbones, and slanted eyes differentiating them from their dark African counterparts. They are native to the semi-desert regions in South Africa. The Venda live in remote, mountainous region near the southern tip. They are a mix of many cultures, like Central African, Eastern African, Sotho, and Nguni. They speak Tshivenda, and practice polygamy. The Sotho people speak Sesotho, and live in the southern point of the Central Plateau. The separate tribes of the Xhosa have distinct, connect heritages. They speak xhosa, and live near the great lakes in the south region of South Africa. The tribes have rites of passage that...