Despite the great wealth the United States possesses, it has for long struggled with poverty which is said to be inherited from one generation to another. The culture of poverty hinders those affected from economic betterment however much assistance they obtain from social programs put in place. The term Culture of poverty is believed to have been coined by Oscar Lewis, who suggested that children who grow up in poverty-stricken families are highly likely to adopt the norms and practices that encourage poverty. Thus, these children, he believed, would replicate the adapted values in their lives which would in turn generate a cycle of intergenerational poverty in the long run (Bell et al, 2013). Thus the culture of poverty is a topic which creates heated debates in both the public and political arenas.
These people live in poorer conditions and come from a country that grants them less opportunities. If these citizens are proven to be more optimistic than Americans, it is clear that there is an issue with how we view the world. In America, many individuals stress more about the gap between the rich and poor; who has it all and who doesn’t. Graham continues to state that “being poor in a very wealthy and unequal country-which eschews social support for those who fall behind- results in especially high levels of stress and desperation”. As someone is struggling to keep up with society’s expectations along with many other struggles, it may be difficult to remain positive.
Being poverty-stricken and ripped off of any chance of a comfortable life with adequate education, healthcare and so on, poor people have suffered more than enough to be burdened with a derogatory label of ‘leeches’- meaning those who sponge on and exploit others. In my opinion, in stark contrast to ‘leeches’, poor people are not only those who deserve most support and care from society, but also share a part in the interdependent web of economy with rich people and contribute to their thrive. Of course, this idea would be made fun of by cynics. Have I not had any faintest remnants of sanity left to realize that poor people are sandbagging the economy and have become an extra burden for rich people, who, following their overwhelming altruism, have kind-heartedly extended a helping hand and financially support these wrecked beings? Charitable groups formed by wealthy people are growing like mushrooms to help the ‘less fortunate’.
It is just to near to impossible to try and afford decent living conditions as a low wage worker in America. It is also hard on the children of families working in low wage jobs it affects them all around and then they can end up stuck in the the same situation as their parents. This is part of the reason why employers of low wage jobs do not have any trouble finding employees. “ In fact, there is evidence that low-wage jobs can cause harm to young people’s health, education, and overall development. (Dodson page 5).
• The predominate world political and economic systems were democratic and capitalistic. This democratic or liberal capitalism was believed to be dying or an outdated way to run a government. Fascism was popular, even in America, because the great depression showed, too many people, that the old system was broken and that they were fed up. The difference that made fascism popular was that it created a mixed economy that would help redistribute the wealth among the poor people. This was obviously popular among poor people and there were a lot of poor people.
In the essay “Representing The Poor” by Bell Hooks, the author includes many different views of poverty. The essay uses many true facts and real life experiences of both Hook’s childhood and current families. Hook has listed many true facts about what Americans really think about poverty. We refer to people who are poor as “underclass”. Our view of underclass is someone being lazy, and someone who is not a hard worker with anything.
They say that American Dream is achievable for those who work hard and have a positive mindset. The American Dream is dead and cannot be achieved because people don’t have the right upbringing and getting out of poverty is difficult and somewhat impossible. One of the most common arguments that people state why the American Dream can’t be achieved is because people who are poor can’t get out of there situations. In a book titled “Nickel and Dimed” by Barbara Ehrenreich she states “When someone works for less pay than
In the poem, The New Colossus, the Statue of Liberty describes immigrants as poor people. Also, they are called refuse, which means trash from the other countries. The Statue of Liberty the author complains about why the United States accepts the trash from other countries. This was also displayed in Alabanza, where the workers would have to work hours in the kitchen to be able to feed their families for low pay because most of the workers were undocumented. They were also oppressed because America viewed them as poor from all the hours they had to work to get little money.
I think at one point, we have all fallen victim to believing that someone who doesn’t have everything that we do in the United States is clearly suffering and needs to be helped out by us, the well-off Americans who are often capable of giving it to them. Many people, when asked to describe the lives of people living in Latin America would immediately go to the words poor or sad or dismal. Most people would never realize that many of their lives are described in the same way we would describe our own- joyous, exciting, adventurous or emotional. Despite their often clear material hardships, living in poverty does not equate with sadness or dejection. They may be poor in items, but they are often rich in culture, religion, family and happiness.
With further research on the topic it is made known that “Eighty percent of the country’s population lives in poverty” (Jackson, N/A). While exploring some of the reasons why Haiti is in such poverty it became clear that there is a connection between “papa doc” and “baby doc” and the Duvalier’s and how they contributed to Haiti’s poverty. “The Duvalier’s left Haiti economically decimated. A large number of educated professionals left the country during the Duvalier regimes, and the period that followed was so unstable, it was hard to lay down roots and build infrastructure. International investment was limited because it was an unreliable business environment” (Smith,
Columnist Scott Gilmore brings to light the operations of payday loan companies and the impact that they have on society. Although the payday loan companies seem to take advantage of the financially vulnerable members of society, perhaps the true fault lies within the education of society. A devastatingly large portion of society seeks out payday loans, and the results are appalling. As mentioned by Gilmore in the article, “[A correlation was found] between the number of payday lenders in a neighborhood and premature mortality”. This reveals a lot regarding the repercussions of seeking out loans that in turn create greater loans.
Politicians attitudes on Poverty was to approach and prevent while also finding a solution to end poverty. The social Welfare policy is mainly the opinions of many politicians in congress, the great society was a safety net for the poorest people in Americans. But they failed to deliver the main problem that the “culture of poverty” individuals that were living in impoverished areas and were facing economic and social
It’s the sad relativity and an unpleasant fact that even today, there are tons of veterans who are living in poverty. The word poverty could be defined as an extremely bad state of being poor, but there is so much more to the word poor. Our veterans know the real meaning of poor and understand the real concept of the sacrifice. They sacrifice their youth for the service of the country and in expense they allow their nation to keep the freedom that they rightfully deserve. There are administrations out there that are supposed to help our veterans, for example the Veterans Administration Hospitals but it’s doing nothing but showing a negative outlook of our government and shows the debt owed to our veterans.
Erie, Pennsylvania is the average American city. Once a great city built on the factories in the area, the people of Erie now depend on other careers for money. With a struggling economy and a majority of the population around the area living in poverty it can be hard to find a career that will make money. Once one finds a career, they must determine which will support them best in the local economy. Two jobs on opposite sides of the spectrum are farm owner and forensic psychologist.
In America, oppression has almost completely been suppressed. Our country’s forefathers have put forth much effort to obtain this for their “land of the free.” Some have even lost their lives in an effort to eliminate oppression, yet it still exists. In the article I picked, the “pay gap” is discussed. This term refers to the gap in pay between men and women in which men, on average, are paid more for the same job as women. This unjust treatment of women can easily be overlooked.