Race is a social construction because we have defined and grouped people into categories based on what society finds acceptable. People created the phenomenon and race has no true root in who people actually are. When we see others and others see us, judgments and opinions are drawn, whether we like it or not. It is not natural.
The power structure of our society has been molded by the social construction of race in so many ways. It’s importance in our society has stayed relatively the same, but over the course of history the meaning of race has drastically changed. The people at the top in society decide where each race ranks on the totem pole.
I don’t think you should correlate group and individual identity with the portrayal of media images, but it is going to happen no matter what. What I mean by this is that when you see a type of person on television doing something, it is very easy to correlate his actions with people who look similar to him or act the way he is acting. This is basically racism.
“The Wire” was a very interesting show that I had not seen before today. I found it to be a unique portrayal and look into how inner-city life functions on a daily basis in Baltimore and other places. While I do not think any television show can match up exactly with real life, it seems like they did a great job and captivated the attention of academic thinkers around the world. Just the fact that classes have been created to analyze the program shows that it is well-regarded. I was surprised to find out in this article that President Obama is a fan of the show. I plan on renting the series and watching from the very beginning with my roommate.
I don’t think the show is necessarily too sophisticated for the average television user, but due to the nature of the show content and overall nature, many will choose not to give it a chance. Even when it was new on television, I had no idea what the show was about and ignored anything I heard about it because I do not subscribe to HBO. Now that is out on DVD, I will have to rent it.
An interesting map of crime in Baltimore, MD. You can see how grouped the crimes committed are in certain areas of the city. Here is the Link.
Murder Rates for 20 most populated U.S. cities.