White Privilege Essay

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Running head: WHITE PRIVILEGE 16WHITE PRIVILEGEWhite PrivilegeKarie R. ShepherdIvy Tech Community CollegeAbstractThe study of sociology allows us to understand the relationship between people and other cultures along with racial and ethnic inequality. As we define culture by a set of norms and values, we can also study how these cultures can often change over time and attitudes towards racial and ethnic groups. Several concepts, such as prejudice, racial profiling, and white privilege can often change the way we think or view other cultures. These topics become more relevant as you read Tim Wise's article "White Swim in Racial Preference" and force us to think about how these ideas are put into practice. How this short piece makes us initially feel or perhaps react to other cultures can say a lot about who we are as a person and our level of understanding and tolerance towards groups other than our own.The Challenging Issue of the Separation of Church and StateWhen the first amendment was written it said "Congress shall make no law respecting and establishment or religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…" This was written because America did not want a mandatory religious system like that of England. American people did not want freedom from religion, they simply wanted freedom of religion. Even the men who wrote the constitution believed that God could do much more than man, therefore they used the Bible to help form the government.Our constitution has been amended and changed, driven by the effects of modern controversies. The founding fathers did not intend to create a Christian nation. The Christian cross and American flag were displayed in public places with hardly any voice of dissent. Jefferson felt that he did not have the constitutional authority to lead the people in act of prayer. Under the strong influence of Virginia, southern states decided to rewrite their constitution and disestablish all Churches. The constitution was then rewritten with God's name removed.The issue whether or not church and state should be separate didn't evolve until the 19th century, and today it remains a hot topic among both separationists and accommodationists alike. Separationists are the people who push separation of church Separationists feel that neither state nor the federal government can set up churches or aid religion; there should be absolutely no governmental funding of religious activity and displays, any praying in public school or teaching of evolution. On the opposing side, accommodationists oppose separation between church and state, interpreting the first amendment exactly as it is stated. No where in the first amendment does it say "separation of church and state . Accommodationists support government funding of religious schools / organization, they support government organized (non denominational) prayers, and the funding of religious displays.Religions place in schools has always been scrutinized. In 1954 'under God' was...

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