Whites Swim in Racial Preference

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Whites Swim in Racial Preference

Nathan Wood

Sociology 111-001-F1

Ivy Tech Community College

Muncie, Indiana

The article “Whites swim in racial preference” is a phraseology comparison of fish and water in regards to the privilege of being white or Caucasian. The article by Tim Wise points to the ignorance of the most powerful man in the world in regards to the racial divide in this country even at the highest level of education. Wise also mentions a government loan program in the form of FHA loans to as many as 15 million white Americans for over thirty years. Today FHA loans are now mainly used by low income families of African American and Hispanic homebuyers. (Dedman, 1998) Privileged whites now label FHA as a form of welfare, which is amusing since so many whites benefitted from the program from the 1930’s to 1960’s. Another reference in the article referred to hard working whites, differentiating themselves from minority groups that dot the labor landscape working as maids, garbage collectors etc…as if they care not hard working due them these workers being from a specific ethnic group.

While some articles I have researched seem to think The FHA loan program, was a form of social control. However, I see this more as Social Stratification as A segment of society (15 million whites) shared a distinctive pattern of rules (FHA Loans) that differed from the pattern of the larger society. Obviously other social tags could be referred to as well, especially white privilege, as this program was not hidden from the public it was just the requirements set at the time mostly met by white Americans. This program certainly meet the description of white privilege by Jennifer R. Holladay in her book White Anti-Racist Activism: A Personal Roadmap, which states; “White skin privilege is not…...

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