www.bu.eduRich vs Poor: BU Learn More Series to Focus on Social Class in AmericaHistorian and author Nancy Isenberg to speak September 16 about the origins of social class in America
I believe classism to be more harmful than racism because racism stems from classism. The system as constructed, is designed to keep the rich, rich and the poor, poor. Nine times out of ten, in any society, white people are the affluent ones and hold the power to make decisions. The poor people, usually black and brown people, will end up with the short end of the stick. Classism is why some people can afford better education, get better jobs, and network with other successful people.
Based on the article she stated that America is a land of opportunity some people believe. In my opinion it is but some people are just lazy and take it all for granted . After all, I have seen many people who came from nothing. They work hard and get everything they say they would have at some ages. Most of the people who stayed behind are because of the System. People go to jail and judges continue to punish people harshly for nothing more than drug possession. when they get out they can't get any jobs . When that happens, chances are they may end up doing the same thing or worse.
America to not stay behind all you have to do is grind harder and believe in yourself. As long as you choose the right path and do the right things you’ll be able to achieve anything you’ve ever dreamed of or wanted.
I think social mobility is hard to achieve in the United States, as described in the article, as it says that in the past what kept people in the upper social class was the ownership of the land which ten percent of the wealthy elites owned about ninety percent land in the continent. It also says that although the founding fathers like Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson had plans to create 'happy mediocrity' by removing the excesses of the wealth from the top rich society and bottom poor society, what they would be doing is only forming a horizontal mobility which means a change in a position in society and not the social status. But those who own lands and wealth like that can still dominate others like the middle class societies and they in turn can dominate societies living in poverty. And it seems like this social class system is hard to beat and with time it seems to be in favor of wealthy elites because they can control many aspects of societies and turn it in their favor which makes it even harder for middle class and lower class societies to have social mobility in their favor. So, "social mobility is one of the myths the Americans tell about themselves that America is a land of opportunity" is a correct statement, because although America being a land of opportunity, for so many of us living in America that opportunity might just mean getting on with our everyday lives. While for others it might mean opening a business, and for some it might be getting a descent lifetime job. For some of us it is about getting a higher education, and for some of us it is about getting recognition though arts and skills. Social mobility is therefore an opportunity which means moving from one class of status to another, however important to understand that higher we go tougher it is going to be to maintain that class.
Social mobility is like a “step ladder” where you have many opportunities while living in America. While in the truth side none of that is true. And I think this is where classism plays a big part. I think class plays an important role in communities.
The author of the article talks how social mobility in the US is a myth since “the best predictors of success are the privileges and wealth bestowed from parents and ancestors”. Isenberg argues that historically poor white people have been stopped from social mobility as a result of their wealth which has limited opportunity and that the same pattern is present in our time. I generally disagree with the statements from Isenberg since as a permanent resident, I believe that the US offers far more social mobility than my native country which is one of the main reasons why I decided to immigrate. Indeed, millions of immigrants that have come and continue to come in the US are making a silent statement that approves the social mobility in the United States. However, much work needs to be done in order to further improve the social mobility of not only poor people but also minorities.
I read in this article she stated that America is a land of opportunity some people believe. I think yes because if I am talking about myself I believe america is a land of opportunity but it's for me because my father did a lot of hard work on that land of opportunity. America was not a land of opportunity for my father because he did a lot of sacrifices because after almost 22 years he got his own house. I said to myself land of opportunity because I don't have to do a lot of hard work. So the moral is this is a land of opportunity for those who have connections and they are financially strong by their parents or another way.
Social mobility is important factor in the creation of vibrant society, and it is a critical factor in the creation of healthy economy. It is also a movement of individuals , families, households, or other categories of people within or between social in a society.
In the article by Nancy Isenberg, the myth about America being a land of opportunity was false. They did not escape the ridged class system in the old world, instead was fooled into having the worst part of the land while the whites had the most sustainable and rich land. The social standing is better than what is was in that time, but in term of equality it's not. We still struggle for a change and while non-minorities continue to widen the gap.
This article sheds light on classism and racism and the success of Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton. Their campaign was focused on being relatable to the people in order to gain popularity amongst the masses. Secondly, this article touches on the differences in classism and racism which are often intertwined. All white people are not on the same boat. Privileges are often inherited by ancestors or parents that enable a person's success in America. Lastly, social status is typically indicated by a person's land ownership.
In this world class plays an important role in society in the article it states how many believe that American is not a land of opportunity because if you are poor and of a different race you would be stuck in that category and there will be a struggle for you to move up in the class