Sociological Imagination

The latest racism rhetoric in America was evident when the famous NBA player, LeBron James found his gate painted with racial graffiti. Appearing in the CNN news on June 1, 2017, LeBron case emphasizes the reality of racism’s endless root. From the statement of LeBron James, it can be noted that Racism in the US against the African-American community is not easy to deal with. From sociological imagination, the personal experience of LeBron James is subject to institutional structures that are strong in writing but weak in execution. The history of America is the basis of racism that seemingly points towards no end. The underlying skewed socio-economic empowerment and political underrepresentation of African American community is directly proportional to the continued racial discrimination. Although the American dream is authored in several books, journals, and other forms of media, social stratification which is a product of the pre-independence and post-reconstruction reforms tactically reinforce racism.

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In fact, from face value, American social class seems horizontal. However, critical review of the economic empowerment, social ranking, and political space for the African America, it is evident that the social structures are actually vertical. Prevailing racially charged political undertones as witnessed during the presidential campaign targeted the colored people. From a critical sociological imagination perspective, racial and religious hate statistics in the USA emphasize the reality of socio-economic and political inequality. Despite talent, ability, and any other personal potential among Blacks, the white majority have a strong belief on the former’s inferiority based on race and history of slavery. As a sociologist, therefore, the case of LeBron is representative of institutionally sanctioned discrimination that increasing characterizes America. Any form of intervention is thwarted by irreversible stereotype and continuous inferiority label associated with African America. In other words, the social structure of the United States in references to African American positioning is vertical rather than the much publicized equality.


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