I’m also majoring in sociology (I’m dual-majoring in sociology and gender studies) and I want to second the fact that the SJW definition of racism/discrimination isn’t used in an academic context - or at least, not commonly enough that I’ve ever seen it in sociology (though I believe I did once come across that definition in a gender studies class, the professor wasn’t necessarily endorsing that view, just presenting the argument for discussion). The basic definition I was taught was that racism = unwarranted prejudice or discrimination, often based on stereotypes, that may be direct or indirect, and may be personal or structural.
I think most sociologists would stress that we’re making an analysis at the level of social groups, not individuals, however, and some whites may be worse off than some blacks, so in that sense it’s completely contrary to the SJW definition, which typically overgeneralizes and oversimplifies the principle.
The (extremely basic) definition I found on a sociological dictionary online pretty much mirrors the common one:
The About.com page also seems to make the point that anyone can discriminate, though it does add that some forms of discrimination are obviously more harmful or prevalent than others:
A more nuanced (and dry) discussion about discrimination that’s more typical of what you’d get in a non-introductory sociology class is here:
Suffice it to say, the SJW definition of “racism = privilege + power” is incredibly oversimplified compared to what you’d use in sociology.
Just trying to bring up what I learned in my fucking sociology class this year. But I’m so glad my opinion is ao fucking fascinating to everyone
Look, we’re going to try to break this down as much as we can for you in the hopes that it will make some kind of sense. First, it’s not that your opinion is particularly interesting, it’s that we actually care about educating people. Also, seeing someone walk into the Dunning-Kruger effect face-first is just painful. (Just to be clear, we’re responding to ms-steeleyourman. Rotmeat did an excellent job, and we’d recommend the last link to followers interested in a more detailed look.)
You posted a long and rambling monologue with an impressive array of spelling, grammar and formatting issues. It contained no evidence to support the claim you were making (nor even a reference to it), and consisted mostly of you repeating the exact same thing over and over. We called you out on it, pointing out the lack of evidence and doing out best to point out the flaws in the overall logic for good measure.
At that point, what did you do? Did you go “whoops, clearly I fucked up and should think things through a little more carefully before running around condescendingly trying to ‘educate’ people”? Nope. You doubled down, coupling an appeal to your own authority with some impressive leaning on some very informed writing ability. (You know, if ever there were a time to proofread a post, that would have been it.) On top of that, you quite literally didn’t respond to anything we actually said while accusing us of having nothing to say.
Finally, you got snapped at, by one of our admins who is (while not an expert) vastly more qualified than you to comment, and has a particularly familiarity with these areas of theory due to his ongoing advocacy. On top of that, a very nice passerby dropped in and gave a rather gentle and detailed explanation along with several sources that would help you to better understand the issue. That was rather nice of them, wasn’t it? Maybe you should thank them for that.
At that point you’ve got responses from not one but two people who actually have some accredited experience, and you’re pretty clearly in the wrong. Your response? ”OMG guise, I wuz just trying to show off this thing I lernd at college this year!!” (Okay, okay, your spelling and grammar were actually okay this time.) Thing is, there’s a big difference between “trying to bring up what I learned in class” and spewing out a long and condescending diatribe aimed at teaching people a “lesson,” then not even bothering to hit the “spellcheck” button. Seriously, fail. All you had to do, at literally any point in this process, was go “whoops, I messed up.” You didn’t. Hell, you still haven’t, which is pretty much why we’re writing this in the first place. Is it really that hard to admit that despite getting a decent grade in an introductory sociology course you’re still sometimes wrong about stuff?
You fucked up. It happens. Learn from your mistakes….it’s worked out pretty well for us.