The main orientation for much of this article is from Diana Kendal’s book that draws distinguish between different sociological perspectives about these classifications. Final part is the description of how segregation, lynching, and persistent discrimination have continually affected the African Americans experience in the US.
The recent wake of racism in the US’s Ferguson incident ultimately comes as a reminder of the journey in the fight by African American to end racial and ethnic discrimination, together with the way people perceive racism today. The case has sparked a considerable attention from within the U.S. and abroad after civil unrest and protests ensured after the white Ferguson policeman, Darren Wilson shot an 18 year old African American, Michel Brown. Moreover, this has sparked a heated debate about the relationship of the African American and the law enforcers’ use of the doctrine of force. Nonetheless, despite the unfortunate Ferguson tragedy, the struggle by the African American to bring equality and end of racial and ethnic bias has come a long way with several triumphs and tragedies (McWhorter, 2014). Many changes have surfaced, some of which prevalent in education, sports and marriage (Kendal 277). In discussing these changes, I seek also to include the understanding of sociological perspectives on race and ethnic relations.
Education has evidently been transformed from a racial based system to the current multiracial system in terms of selection to campus and with opportunities available. Today’s US campus is a manifestation of the paramount transformations that are happening in the both ethnic and racial composition together with the spectacular increase in the number of persons who identify themselves as belonging to mixed race (Kendal 277) . As held by Susan, the number of students transitioning to college currently comprise of the largest crop of individuals selected to join campus in the United States’ history