Resentful Racism towards the “White Man”: A Dialectical Analysis Using Qualitative Methodology and Social Stratification Theory

Kimberly Waldon


Since the 1960s, African Americans have worked very hard to prove that they are equal to Whites; and now with Obama in office, African Americans as leaders are a force with which to be reckoned. Still, the group has seen excessive, hostile brushes with the law, felt low financial situations, and endured overall failures and, thus, has seen these barriers to be the work of the greater power known as the “White Man.” Employing the Social Stratification Theory, the overall African American lack of success can be judged in two dimensions. On one side of the spectrum, the capitalistic society that is the United States has been controlled by the “White Man” and has in essence placed Whites in a higher social hierarchy; thus, through intimidation and inhumane gestures, Whites have kept many African Americans from noteworthy achievements. On the other hand, African Americans have also rationalized their massive incarceration rates and unattained success as the work of those of the elite, as if the blame should not essentially rest in the hands of the minority itself. This paper examines the extent of the power that the “White Man” has over the minority and hypothesizes that due to its place in the social hierarchy, the “White Man” feels obliged to keep the African American down. Qualitative data were collected through document analysis using Internet sources, books, and scholarly articles to examine this socioeconomic issue. These sources were augmented with expert interviews. The substantive findings suggest that while some African Americans make mistakes, the greater fault lies with the majority that has discouraged the minority from achieving equal accomplishments.


Resentful Racism; “White Man”; African Americans; Socioeconomics

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