Social Class

Topics: Working class, Middle class, Social class Pages: 8 (1443 words) Published: April 30, 2014
Jeremy Williams
Comparing Politics
Professor Jaden
Social Class and Its Effects
Some would say that America is a wonderful place to live with great opportunities to have a taste of the good life, but is it really that great? Or is it that easy to achieve this so called good life? I believe that it can be reached and everyone does have the opportunity to but there isn’t a fair chance for everyone. What are the effects of social class on peoples chance to succeed in America? A question that I did not have a general answer for at the beginning of this essay until researched cleared it up a bit. The levels of social class, lower, middle, and upper, are mostly determined by wealth and education, power, and your geography. The lower class is made up of poor people that live in run down regions, middle class is the people that have a descent income and live in moderate to nice suburbs, and the upper class are the ones that make more money than both classes and live in very nice areas and have good jobs. Race is another thing that comes in to play when we talk about social class and where everyone stands. Wealth plays a huge role in where you stand in the fight for social class; more money, higher the class obviously. I guess this coagulates with what kind of job you have which also ties back to the level of education that you’ve received. 32.9% of African-Americans are living below the poverty line which means their average yearly income is below $20,000, now if you compare this to the percent of them that have had at least a college level education you see that it’s a direct connection. Those who can’t afford higher education beyond high school stay in the lower class not able to move up in the scale of society. So is it their fault that they can’t further themselves and obtain more wealth, some may argue that they can but you can’t deny the fact that it’s much harder for them than those that can. Obtaining wealth is the key to moving from a lower class to either the middle or higher class in society, besides getting a job or winning the lottery this in near impossible especially for those who can’t find a well-paying job because of the lack of qualifications. Average income of working Americans is around $50,000 which is somewhere in the middle class or working class. But if we look at a government such as China’s communist rule, all the wealth is distributed amongst everyone erasing the idea of social class. No one is more rich than the next guy is normal living. Obviously those that work in the government will have more than normal citizens. But we get the just of the idea that communism gets rid of the concept. Another role that’s key to social class is power, those of power in the U.S. are mostly in the middle to lower-upper class. Gaining power or recognition is probably just as hard as trying to gain with. Again you need the qualifications to do such a thing as well. Power is somewhat similar to that of wealth taking the routes and needing the same criteria to reach your goals of power and wealth. In America a lot of the powerful people are the business owners of major companies. Using their wealth and power they stay in the middle and upper class while the lower class still struggles with the same problems as trying to gain wealth. Majority of the big banks are the bases to running America. So the owners of these banks and corporations are the ones with power. But instead of taxing the superrich banks like Bank of America the government turns to taking cuts out of everyday citizens to cover up the banks and major corporations’ mishaps. Do you think that the person who owns a small time shoe store has any say in anything? Of course not, because they are not labeled or recognized as corporations that has power more so labeling them in the lower class. Again when we compare this to that of China’s communist rule it’s a bit more similar where the power is all in the government and barely any is given to...

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