Ethnic Problems Term Paper

Download this Term Paper in word format (.doc)

Note: Sample below may appear distorted but all corresponding word document files contain proper formatting

Excerpt from Term Paper:

Interview and Analysis

Jerome X," (not the respondent's real name) is a twenty-six-year-old individual of Jamaican parentage who has lived most of his life in America. He was born in Birmingham, in the United Kingdom to a Jamaican mother and father. They moved to the United States when Jerome was five. Currently, Jerome works in Macy's at the Freehold Mall (also a fictional name) as a shoe salesman. However, Jerome is also pursuing an associate's degree at a local community college and intends to transfer to another college at the end of the year. Jerome is a highly articulate, intelligent, and witty individual, and he seemed both comfortable and eager to share his responses with me when we met at a cafe in the student center at the college he is currently attending.

Q: In your opinion, what is the greatest problem facing African-Americans in America today?

A: Racism.

Q: But specifically what form of racism? (Thinking of the experiences of his we had discussed in the pre-interview)

A: Racial profiling, do you mean?

Q: Yes. What do you feel are the most important causes of this problem, of racial profiling?

A: A couple of weeks ago I was driving in a [largely white suburb] to see a [white] friend of mine. I was stopped twice. Twice by cops. No reason. And, more seriously, my uncle is now doing time in jail. He was stopped on the Parkway for going ten miles over [the speed limit]. He argued. He was asked to get out of the car. The cop touched him, and he only reacted, asked the cop to take his hands off of him. Then things got ugly. 'Course, no one believed my uncle. Judges, police, all are against him.

Q: What are the causes of this problem?

A: A policeman sees a white person, they see an ordinary individual trying to get somewhere, but basically a decent person. They see me, they see a drug addict. Pure and simple. Attitude.

Q: What are your suggestions regarding how this problem can be solved?

A: Change in attitude.

Q: What do you mean?

A: Whites have to understand there is racism out there. The police aren't our friends, it happens, this racism, and there is a difference in the way people are treated everyday. I just want to be left alone and get on with my life, same as anyone.

Jerome seemed particular concerned that his experiences and the experiences of his uncle were understood not only in the light of his personal difficulties with the police, but as representative of a larger social phenomena. He showed me a picture of his uncle with his young niece. Jerome did this, he said, to prove that this man was not a hardened criminal with any particular anger directed towards the law-enforcement profession. Jerome stressed his uncle was a decent family man who was at the end of his patience. Jerome's uncle had been stopped while he was driving many times over the course the man's life by police officers. This was even though, prior to his arrest, his uncle had no police record. Jerome said he himself had gone to traffic court many times, at great loss to his income because of missed work hours, even though the charges were subsequently thrown out. Jerome stressed that decent Black people, "for no reason," were frequently stopped because of racism, for no reason other than skin color. He said that his own experiences and the experiences of his friends and family bore this "fact' out.

However, in terms of solutions, Jerome was not certain in terms of police protocol how to prevent such racially biased incidents from occurring so frequently. He stated that a change in attitude was key, however, he was uncertain how to render such changes in attitude into law. During a discussion between ourselves after the interview, I suggested diversity training and management amongst police officers, which he said, might help, although he seemed unenthusiastic about the potential to enact real and lasting change through such programs. Jerome seemed hardened and embittered by the profiling in his experiences. He considered himself to be a hard-working, law-abiding citizen who was constantly persecuted for reasons entirely beyond his control. Jerome's reasoning, given his experiences, seemed valid in terms of assessing how he…[continue]

Cite This Term Paper:

"Ethnic Problems" (2002, November 27) Retrieved December 6, 2016, from

"Ethnic Problems" 27 November 2002. Web.6 December. 2016. <>

"Ethnic Problems", 27 November 2002, Accessed.6 December. 2016,

Other Documents Pertaining To This Topic

  • Ethnic Social Groups Issues Related to Ethnic

    Ethnic Social Groups. Issues Related to Ethnic Social Groups In this paper we have discussed the issues African-Americans face in terms of employment, social stability and their identity as a separate ethnic community in the United States. Sociological studies suggest that "black people" or "African-Americans" have always had little choice in the racial label given to them. Research and literature on this subject states that unlike some racial/ethnic identities, the "black identity"

  • Ethnic Music Humanities A Origin and Development

    Ethnic Music Humanities a) Origin and Development of Traditional and Contemporary Ethnic Music My personal experience in learning this subtopic reveals to me that music is a global cultural practice found in every known culture, both in the past and present, but with a wide variation with regards to time and place of practicing it. Since every ethnic group around the world, including some of the most secluded tribal groups, depicts their

  • Ethnic Cleansing Among African Tribes Ethnic Cleansing

    Ethnic Cleansing Among African Tribes Ethnic Cleansing Can past and present campaigns for ethnic cleansing among some African tribes be attributed to illiteracy? While empirical evidence exists supporting some evidence that illiteracy may contribute a small amount to ethnic cleansing, it is not the primary impetus behind mass genocide. Research shows that campaigns for ethnic cleansing among certain African tribes cannot be entirely prevented with only the eradication of illiteracy because of

  • Ethnic Minorities and Inequalities in

    The first link is developed with cultural differences while the other is associated with organizational problems. It is felt that since people from various ethnic backgrounds believe in traditions and values different from that of Whites, it may cause some problems for them in accessing healthcare services. The organizational problems on the other hand arise from poor training of the staff, location issues and some needs which the organization

  • Ethnic Conflict When Considering the

    Hence, his plan here was not even based upon the assumption of ethnic plurality, but simply upon his own hunger for territorial power. Franjo Tudjman, equally power hungry, was the elected president of Croatia in 1990. His focus was not ethnic plurality. Rather, his aim was to establish a Croatian state for Croatians, without providing any minority rights to other citizens. For this reason, his focus on Bosnia was also

  • Ethnic Groups and Discrimination the

    As Europeans, they came from countries that, although quite poor, had very good education opportunities. As part of the mainstream culture, my ethnic group also took part in the discrimination against racial and ethnic minorities, including the African-Americans, the Hispanic-Americans, the Asians or the Native Americans. As part of the white group in America, the Scots presumably inflicted most of the forms of discrimination upon the racial and ethnic

  • Ethnic Conflicts in Kosovo and Afghanistan Why

    Ethnic Conflicts in Kosovo and Afghanistan: Why a "One-Size-Fits-All" Analytical Approach Will Not Work Today, Kosovo is recovering from decades of ethnic violence, and the same came be said of Afghanistan to some extent as well as the American military presence continues to draw down. Although both countries have experienced their fair share of such ethnic-based violence over the years, there is no "one-size-fits-all" analytical approach to examining the multifaceted problems

Read Full Term Paper
Copyright 2016 . All Rights Reserved