According to Wilson (2010), social structure and culture contribute heavily to the development of poverty. He has pointed out that things like youth violence and fragmentation of families take place in communities which have poor social structure and culture. In the video, Race the House We Live In (Youtube), it is mentioned that racism is still visible in all segments of American life. This paper briefly explains how the contents of the above video relate to the arguments of WJ Wilson.
The video, Race the House We Live In, unveils how racism prevails in American politics, economics and culture. It says that the social institutions in America are keen on disproportionately allocating resources, power, status and wealth to white people (Youtube). Wilson (2010) agreed with many of the arguments in the above mentioned Youtube video. He has pointed out that youth violence, unemployment, and fragmentation of families are more within poor African-American communities compared to that within the elite white community. Whites in America blame cultural factors such as attitude, worldview and styles of behavior, for the increased rate of youth violence, unemployment, and fragmentation of families within the African American communities. However, Wilson pointed out that the racialist structural factors, such as discrimination and segregation play a vital role in spreading youth violence, unemployment, and fragmentation of families within the African American communities.
To conclude, the Youtube video and Wilson (2010) stress the negative effects of racism problems which are still persisting in American society.
- Youtube, (N.d.). Race the House we Live In. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW764dXEI_8&feature=youtu.be
- Wilson, W.J. (2010) More Than Just Race. Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (6 April 2010)