Stigma is define by Goffman as an attribute that discredits someone depending on the circumstances. Before it used to be a stigma to be gay, nowadays it is more acceptable depending on the place. So being gay is not a stigma in most of America and England. There is still a stigma for people to affiliate to the label of bi-sexual. It is more acceptable to be gay or lesbian because it is perceive as being define. In the other hand bi-sexuals are perceive as confused, as people who do not know what they want. There is the stigma, a bi-sexual is someone who is confused and therefore they can’t be trusted. This stigma might change depending on the place, and the community. If you are in a bi-sexual community there would be no stigma about it, but usually within a group of lesbians there would be the stigma that they just can’t make their minds and decide what they want. In the straight community being bi-sexual also depends on gender. For females it seems more acceptable, but when it comes to males there have being papers publish questioning if it is even real or possible for males to be bi-sexual. Therefore there is more of a stigma when it comes to bi-sexual males than for females.
Robert Merton’s deviance typology is very interesting. My problem with his theory is that I do not think it is possible to associate a social action to just one category. For example in the riots in England, there were people that join with a rebellion mentality. Others would take advantage of the situation which would be the people that we would refer to as following innovation. Every situation cannot comply only with one deviance. In the England riots there were people who participated with the motivation to overthrow the government. Then there were the people who were part of the riots to take advantage and gain material possessions that they would otherwise never have. This was also visible in occupy Wall Street. There were people who were there just because they thought it was fun, at one in a lifetime experience. Therefore you cannot associate one deviance typology with an event, because there are usually more than one deviance typology at play at the same time.
England Riots: ‘The whites have become black’ says David Starkey. I found this video very interesting. I definitely did not agree with anything that the historian David Starkey stated. Starkey’s remarks about whites becoming black touches upon the W.E. Du Bois concept of the “color line”. In this case we would be referring mostly to the internalized attitude, Starkey believes that the people who were part of the riots had internalized “the black culture”. “The black culture” that was very confusing, in my opinion there is no such thing as a “black culture”. There are blacks all over the world, so you cannot speak of a unified black culture. Culture is shape by many factors, so it would be impossible to talk of a unified black culture. The England riots could happened again because of the ignorance of people like David Starkey who believe that the riots happened as a cultural manifestation and not as a political manifestation. This is something that happens a lot in our culture, that we take something and change the intended meaning to make it less valuable.
Considering the truths of both videos my response reflects my concern for the future of America. In the Land of the Free, Home of the Poor Americans were questioned to pick a pie chart that reflected the distribution of wealth. Most Americans were choosing the pie chart that represented the wealth of Sweden. In my opinion their motives for choosing the pie chart that actually reflected the wealth of Sweden was , considering the location of the poll of that time , that the opinion of a specific social class of elite status. At the end when two men that would be though of as low middle class, actually pick the right chart. This makes sense since the elite individuals in our society are not always or don’t want to be aware of how unequal is our society. This would point to Marx concept of class consciousness, where the proletarians become aware of their position and united to fight against the bourgeois. In the Wealth Inequality in America, they show the same phenomenon as the first video but the pool of people question is bigger therefore it is more accurate. The remark about communist lets the viewer know that they are not making propaganda for communist, they believe in capitalism but they do believe that something needs to be done. My concern is people’s ignorance about our reality, people tend to not want to admit how unequal our wealth distribution is and the gap keeps getting bigger. There is a need for class consciousness, even if is not to establish communism as Marx would want but just to be more realistic about our economic situation. In conclusion I enjoyed the videos very much and made me understand better the occupy Walt-street campaign.