Commentary On The Frontline Documentary Two American Families

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In America today it is hard for certain families to make a living and to keep a job. College is very expensive and not many people can afford to go to college. And when it comes to finding a job that pays enough to support a family and gives you the hours you want so that you can still spend time with your family is nearly impossible. Family time is very important to sustain a healthy, strong relationship with all the members of your family. Divorce is very common when both parents work and never have time to spend time together. But money makes the world go round and if you don’t have any then you are left out to dry. In the Frontline documentary titled “Two American Families” it shows the hardships that two families, one white and one black, face. The white family was called the Neumann’s and the black family was called the Stanley’s. Both of them faced the hardships of how to make a living. They had to make sacrifices in order to try and keep their house, pay their bills and everything else as well. The Neumann’s unfortunately had harder times than the Stanley’s did. Mrs. Neumann ended up having to work more than one job and the hours did not match up with what her…show more content…
Some people embrace being poor and due what they can to make as much money as possible. The Stanley family was what Herbert Gans thought poor people were for; to do the dirty jobs for low wages. Then the Neumann family is more like what C. Wright Mills thought poor people were. They allowed society and their personal struggles make up their final destination which was failure. The adversities that you are faced with can destroy a family or they can make them stronger. The Neumann family got destroyed by the adversities that they were put up against. The Stanley family worked through it then they became a stronger, closer knit
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