America prides itself on being one of the most effective democratically governed counties. The idea of the American dream is that all people have equivalent political freedoms and a responsive government. However the effectiveness of social equality is being threatened by increasing inequality in the United States. Economic inequality in the US has expanded drastically. The wealth gap has had drastic changes over the past 35 years. What’s more, specifically, the rich have gotten a lot richer. Almost everybody who talk about it says that economic inequality must be reduced.
To me, a social injustice is an act in which an individual or group of individuals are not treated fairly based on his or her gender, sexuality, citizenship status, and/or ethnicity. social injustices arise when individuals, who should be considered as equals, are treated unequally. This is caused by barriers, such as racism, oppression, discrimination, and sexism. Social injustices will not be fixed until the individuals who do not respect others start realizing that it is not our differences that should be held against us, but embraced and glorified. Everyone is different, not one person is the same as the next. A social injustice that I have become aware of within the past year is rape culture and the victim blaming that comes with rape
Income inequality has grown significantly during this past decades and this phenomenon continues to increase over the years. This problem is constantly discussed in the daily news all around the world. Several consequences of this increase of inequality between people leads to economic problems such as high unemployment rates, lack of work for young people, fall of demand for certain product. The gap between rich and poor is increasing, the rich are richer and the poor are poorer as a result politicians and economists try to adopt certain policies in order to reduce this gap. The United States exhibits a wide difference of wealth distribution between rich and poor people, which is larger than any other major developed country.
One interesting thing the author notes is the wealth inequality in the United States. Even though “1% of the population own nearly half the wealth in the country the American dream persists” (Golash-Boza, pg. 269). People still believe that if you work hard you will succeed. At first glance, it’s clear that white people have a higher percentage of home ownership than any other race. However in saying that, I would like to know what the population totals were by race for each state as well.
With globalizations, middle-class Americans are experiencing a new level of employment uncertainty, which speaks to the increase in homelessness and food insecurity. According to our class guest speaker Vic Papale, “Americans are faced with higher domestic food prices, reduced incomes and employment and having already sold off assets, reduced food consumption and cut spending on essential items such as health care and education.” These families, individuals and children risk falling deeper into destitution and the hunger-poverty trap.
Monetary imbalance doesn't exist, isn't as terrible as you think, or is good for everybody is what most defenders of the economic status would argue. Despite the observational confirmation that the divide between the rich and the working class is continuing to grow and that the pattern is voiding out the middle class, as well as correspondent to both 1930’s stock market crash and the Recession of 2008. Economic status defenders neglect to understand that it is only a brief timeframe before we face another money monetary crisis. It is critical that we learn and teach our present and future generation the historical backdrop of financial disparity to prevent them from confronting emergency.
The African-Americans wanted to migrate North because the social conditions were difficult to live with in the South. The prejudice toward African-Americans in the South was too great to be ignored. The African-Americans wanted to be seen as equal and they knew that the wait for social equality in the South would take too long. Moving to the North not only gave the possibility of social equality, but there were also more job opportunities and the Northerners did not view African-Americans the way Southerners did. African-Americans were presented with “better educational opportunities and greater personal freedom [in the North]” (Crew 36). In the South, The opportunity for growth did not exist in the South, the African-Americans wanted social equality more
The National Catholic Reporter(NCR) Editorial Staff published an editorial titled, “Poverty pokes through the political noise.” I agree strongly with their idea that poverty and economic inequality should play a huge role in upcoming political debates, and I believe that it is about time that politicians stop avoiding these issues. Economic inequality and poverty are so significant in today’s society and are so complex that there is no specific answer as to how to resolve them. These issues have only recently began playing an important role in politics as the people of the United States are becoming more aware about how prevalent poverty and income inequality have become. Politicians tend to avoid discussions about class, but at the end of
Out of the 318.9 million people in America, 46.7 million of them living in poverty. That is 14% of the American population living a less than comfortable lifestyle. With poverty, people face many challenges. One of the major effects that poverty inflicts on a person, is poor health. This is caused by a person living within poverty’s lack of proper resources. A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel analysis of data from the largest U.S. metropolitan areas has shown that people who are living in poor neighborhoods have a higher decrease in health than a person who is from a more stable economic neighborhood. The study has also shown that people living within poor neighborhoods also have a higher likely-hood to live in areas with
Today, racial inequalities are one of the main disputes in society. For most, there has to be a hierarchy of humanity, a status that separates one from another. The favorable factor that comes into play has mostly been race and religion. Differences between people cause discomfort and an inability to comprehend the other’s separate beliefs, physical attributes, or practices. In this way, people began to believe that one is better than the other, and something is wrong with those who tend to differ from what is considered “normal”. One of the origins of racism stems from the mistreatment of African Americans; those whose pigment was brown, therefore they were not human, but animals or savages. As these theories spread, thus began the corruption
According to the Constitution, every man is created equally.This statement has been hard to define, yet it has been the driving vision behind America’s main goal: equality. The goal has been elusive mainly because it is very difficult, if not impossible, to change a whole nation’s perception. The African American community has faced many injustices but have come a long way in terms of being treated equally. The biggest accomplishment, among many, was the abolishment of slavery. Others include gaining the ability to vote, anti-discrimination laws, and many more. The African American population has had to fight to get to where they are today. However, they are still being oppressed. They have become victims to discrimination in the Criminal Justice
An immigrant escapes poverty with only the clothes on his back, and hope in his heart. Clutching the frail hand of his child he lifts his weary eyes towards the road sign before him: “Next exit, The American Dream”.
In the Declaration of Independence, authors Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, John Adams, and Robert Livingston, argued that, “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men...” These founding fathers heavily stressed the importance of equality and unknowingly paved the way towards the American Dream. However, the embodiment of the American Dream- social equality and economic independence- although widely favored, seemed too ambitious throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in America. Many ethnic groups between 1865 and
As an aspiring OB/GYN, a male OB/GYN would be getting paid 14% more than I would for the same occupation, which I find is upsetting, if i'm doing the same work as my male counterpart on the job I want the same compensation. There are a magnitude of women all over the world who does just or more amount work and put in the same hardships and passion just like the men in the this world.
When I was in elementary school still, I shared a room with my older sister. I would sit on her bed and watch her walk back and forth from her closet to the full-length mirror hanging on the door. She would frown and sigh and change clothes, unsatisfied. When she left the room, I would stand in front of the mirror, leaning close and standing on my tiptoes, trying to get the same view. It didn’t take long before I did.