Please choose one of the following prompts and respond to it in no less than 300-400 words. In your response, you must fully answer all aspects of the question and support your answer with reference to course materials (textbook, supplementary readings, videos, etc.).
· Many social scientists and theorists have observed that whiteness is typically not a relevant form of identity for most white Americans, whereas other racial groups closely identify with their race. Given what you now know about social stratification, social identity, and culture, why do you think whites in America typically do not consider their race relevant to how they understand themselves?
· In America, people often believe that success is based on merit – effort, talent, and so on. Evidence, however, says otherwise. Considering the sociological theories and concepts you can now work with, why do you think members of societies hold true to beliefs that are not supported by evidence? What purpose might these beliefs serve for people and their societies? How might it be possible to change people’s minds?
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