A Sociological Perspective on the School-to-Prison Pipeline

By Emily Walsh Introduction By 1917, all states in the United States of America passed laws making it a requirement for all school-age children to attend school (Education, 2018). With the passing of the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868, it made it a constitutional right for all students to receive the same education (Zinn, 2003). But to…

Racial Inequality in America

By Kameryn Gill The issue of inequality in America has plagued American society since as early as United States history can date back. Many American citizens have strived for equal opportunity of all races for quite some time. America is supposed to be the “land of free”, but is this statement actually truthful? Are we…

Cultural Appropriation and Sociology

By Tierra Williams Starting in the 1950s, the biggest social movement of the 20th century began. This movement is known as the civil rights movement. African American people, as well as whites, banded together in order to fight for the equal rights of African American men and women. This movement proved to be very successful as…

Ascribed Statuses: observed through Beyoncé

I will discuss how Beyoncé may never be just a person, but rather must be a black female person, and how she both actively fights and embraces these ascribed statuses she has experienced in life.

Understanding Racial Oppression

For those interested in understanding and tearing down systems of racial oppression, the writings of Ta-Nehisi Coates, Franz Fanon, and Paolo Friere are essential reading.  In this excellent essay, Soc 362 (Racial and Ethnic Minorities) student, Sarah Edmiston reflects on what these authors say about the different roles that White folks (as colonizers/oppressors) and people…