Chapter 12: Stratification, Minorities, and Discrimination

A minority is a social group that does not make up a politically dominant voting majority of the total population of a given society. I chose this chapter because I love learning about the different types of minorities. Growing up in Memphis, Tennessee made my family surrounded by multiple minorities. We had gender and sexuality minorities, age ,religious and disabled minorities, but the most common was the racial and ethnic minorities.

Discrimination is everywhere around us, especially in the military. We have the Dont Ask Dont Tell where the homosexuals in the military can only get in trouble if they are asked if they are gay and they lie about their preference. The military also is trying to change the discrimination among women wanting to go up to the enemy lines. In my opinion I have heard and seen many women underpressure and I believe that we can make the same decision and be put in the same situations as a man and be able to react the same.

Newspaper Article: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/12/10/1899681/dont-ask-dont-tell-dont-discriminate.html#

This artical from the Charlotte Observer Gives a lot of history and information on the Dont Ask Dont Tell discrimination.

http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/subjects/m/minorities_us/index.html

This website from the New York times gives pages and pages about minorites. You can find all kinds of topics about minorities too.

Video clips: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/8458298.stm\

This video clip from BBC News is a 52 second video on how miniorites are not at a disadvantage anymore.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2010/02/03/2808726.htm

This video clip from ABC is from the US leaders debate on military gay ban.

Internet Links: http://www.secular.org/issues/chaplains

Link is about religious discrimination in the Military.

http://media.www.thejustice.org/media/storage/paper573/news/2004/11/16/Forum/Discrimination.Against.Any.Minority.Unacceptable-806346.shtml

Link is about Discrimination against any minority.

Barack Obama Quotes on Gays in the Military: “I believe that we need to repeal the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy. The key test for military service should be patriotism, a sense of duty, and a willingness to serve.”

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About heatherbehs

In the United States Navy. Iam married to Brice. He is in the United States Marine Corps. We are both very commited to our country, and would love to serve til retirement, If we could.
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