The purpose of this paper is to examine and elucidate various topics in sociology. To perform this examination, this paper focuses on why the color line topic is one of the volatile topics today, the three sources of authority and their differences, and reasons why social class is more important than race in determining family characteristics. In addition, this paper focuses on the importance of religion in the US and world in general, as well as reasons for alienation and community in cities. The bibliography list includes 5 references.
A hundred years ago, Du Bois posited that ‘The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line- the relation of the darker to the lighter races’. The color line topic remains one of the most volatile topics facing the nation in the modern world. The US is home to individuals from many backgrounds and races. It is of significance to note the fact that Whites consider themselves more civilized as compared to people of color. In a historical perspective, most part of the world apart America and Europe were poor. These countries were considered developed at that time. Development comes with power. Therefore, as a result of their power and wealth, they attacked and colonized poor countries especially those in Africa. It followed that individuals from these poor countries were enslaved and shipped to work on farms or plantations in the developed countries (Henslin, 2012). From this historical scenario, it is evident that Whites have always viewed people of color as inferior. Today, people of color are treated unfairly in many most European countries and America. It is morally right or correct to treat people equally. In fact, equality has its roots from the Bible and Koran as well. God commands people to do well to others as we are all created in God’s image. Racism and discrimination on the basis of skin color is therefore unethical, morally wrong, and against the teachings of God (Henslin, 2012). This is why this topic of color line remains one of the most volatile topics in the world today. Based on the color of their skin, people have been discriminated in all places and areas. For instance, there are many cases where people of color are denied job opportunities as well as other privileges Whites of the same status would enjoy. What are the three sources of authority, and how do they differ from one another? Individual behaviors in all aspects of life are controlled by rules and regulations. These rules and regulations must be implemented by particular individuals. These individuals are considered to be in positions of authority. In addition, an individual mandated with a task of making certain resolutions can also be referred to be in authority. There are three sources of authority. These sources of authority were proposed by Weber. According to him, the sources of authority include charismatic, traditional, and rational-legal authority. According to charismatic authority, respect and admiration is bestowed towards an individual based on his/her unusual and astonishing desirability as well as supremacy or command. Weber argued that in charismatic authority, individuals are granted reverence or tribute due to their ability and aptitude to venture and plan. In traditional authority, respect and admiration is bestowed towards an individual due to his/her lineage or ancestry. For instance, the children of the Queen of England are bestowed respect and admiration due to their family lineage. According to the rational-legal authority, individuals are bestowed with respect and admiration due to the role they play within the society. In this king of authority, the position held by an individual is necessitates to be treated in respect and admir