Explain the basics of structural functionalism and then use it to describe race.

Explain the basics of structural functionalism and then use it to describe race. Include in your answer what types of functions a functionalist would claim race and racism serve (How does using the concept of race create stability and harmony) and if you think structural functionalism is the proper way to view race in the United States. Explain why you think it is a good way or not a good way.
Compare and contrast race, ethnicity, sex, and gender. Which one do you think has caused more inequality in our country? Do you think if you used different statistics your answer might be different?