|Level of Analysis
|Macro or Mid
|The way each part of society functions together to contribute to the whole. Practices and policies may lead to dysfunction.
|The way inequalities contribute to social differences and perpetuates racial and ethnic disparities in power.
|One-to-one interactions and communications. The meaning attached to racial an ethnic labels and images.
|The way multiple social categories such as race, gender, class, sexuality, intersect to produce unique forms of discrimination and oppression.
|Critical Race Theory
|Centering race in the examination of social phenomena and inequality.
Culture of prejudice refers to the argument that prejudice is embedded in our culture. We grow up surrounded by images of stereotypes and casual expressions of racism and prejudice. Consider the casually racist imagery on grocery store shelves or the stereotypes that fill popular movies and advertisements. It is easy to see how someone living in the Northeastern United States, who may know no Mexican Americans personally, might gain a stereotyped impression from such sources as Speedy Gonzalez or Taco Bell’s talking Chihuahua. Because we are all exposed to these images and thoughts, it is impossible to know to what extent they have influenced our thought processes.