The Ethnic Myth: Race, Ethnicity, and Class in America

An analysis of the book “The Ethnic Myth: Race, Ethnicity, and Class in America” by American sociologist, Steven Steinberg.

The paper discusses Steven Steinberg’s book and shows how the book explores the vexing problem of why certain ethnic groups ‘succeed’ in America, that is, that members of certain groups tend to realize the American dream of economic and social mobility, and other ethnic groups do not.

The myths of Black inferiority forced him into a necessary pattern of perpetual resistance to the cultural norms he was immersed in. This necessity for constant resistance to overt racism is one of the reasons, according to Steinberg, African-Americans have had such difficulty in assimilating into the American narrative of success. However, Douglass is also intent in showing, despite the myths of inferiority, his essential humanity and striving for enlightenment also shone forth in the depths of despondency and oppression. Though conscious of the difficulty of learning without a teacher, I set out with high hope, and essay writing how to start a fixed purpose, at whatever cost of trouble, to learn how to read,” Douglass says. (1896)”


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