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My life was mainly based on the lower social class society with poor economic and social situations. Many opportunities fundamental to the well being of an individual such as basic education, healthcare facilities and good infrastructure was a great setback to our community. There were very few people who could afford to enjoy such kind of necessities and luxuries. People in the lower class of the society were at a risk of contracting diseases and experiencing premature deaths just because of the fact that some of the necessary facilities that are basic and paramount to the existence of the people are scarce and very much limited. Some social amenities such as water, healthcare, and electricity were very scarce and had limited access. In most cases, people did their shopping in the neighborhood places where foodstuff was not fresh and neither were the vegetable ad fruits. The income level of most of the people in that community was below the standard level and therefore they experienced many cases of obesity, anxiety, depression, insecurity, social isolation and low esteem as well. These physical and mental unrests often lead to severe mental ill health (Symbaluk, Diane, and Tami 124). Every person is born to a specific culture, social setting, language, family, religion, and community among other important factors. That is the main reason as to why everyone has a different behavior and belief; which in most cases is not necessarily predictable.
Being raised in the same social and cultural surroundings from childhoods to adulthood has made us operate in a certain way that neither of us were completely certain about. The virtues and values of a single society that dominates a particular area can be so influential to the extent that those particular values are considered to be true and right, hence tolerated and promoted by the community as well as the government. My family had inadequate resources within the community that supported and promoted children’s education and development. Education plays a critical role in helping children develop and establish skills for a good job and at the same time introduce virtues that will stratify people in high economic classes. It is one of the most effectively factors of destroying intergenerational patterns between life achievements and socio economic status. The socio economic status of the will definitely influence the future of their children.
The subcultures can create and establish their influences in individuals of a society; however, the movement between social classes in the society can be hampered by circumstances. All through our history, many people have lived and died in the same social class in which they were born. That is, if you are born rich, there are high chances that you will die rich and if you are poor, then you will probably die poor. One of the most effective ways that a society can help people rise in social class is by initiating and developing new enterprises such as technological advancements and improved educational opportunities and training. When this is implemented, the need for skilled workers in higher-class jobs will motivate and enable lower class people to move up the social ladder, and this is instrumental in escaping poverty.
The wealthier households in the community did not rely on each other than the others in the lower classes. People from the lower social class were much more accommodating, friendly, and social because they depended on each other. Lower class individuals were better at reading emotions and if someone was in need, and then they would definitely respond. When people from the lower class in the society see someone else suffering, then they will definitely have a psychological response that is missing from the individuals in higher classes. This shows that there is so much strength to the lower class identity than with the households with more resources (Symbaluk, Diane, and Tami 87). All in all, children from the lower social class had lower opportunities to make it in life compared to children from a higher social class. A recent research analyzed data from a program, which aimed testing children’s cognitive attainment starting from the age of three. This particular study showed that over the years, the socio-economic status of the parents of these children had huge influences on the reading and mathematical skills of the children. The data revealed that there was a definite relationship between the socio-economic status of the parents and the consequent development as well as the life outcome of their children. The disparity could be because of the opportunities offered. For instance, Children in higher social classes in society will have better opportunities in education, infrastructure, and basic amenities. Households with low economic status often lack the required financial, social, and educational supports that usually typify households with high economic status. Over the years, our country pursues the ideal that what we look like should not determine the burdens or benefits that we bear in society. Since all people are equal in terms of dignity, rights, and the potential to achieve things we may see racial inequality as only unfortunate and not unjust. The value of democratic voice, equality, economic and physical security, a shared sense of responsibility, social mobility, and a chance to start over after missteps is what many people from the minority group are aiming at. Poor Africa Americans are also becoming more and more likely than whites to finding themselves living in neighborhoods with high poverty rate and limited opportunities and resources. High poverty neighborhoods are more likely to be cut off from basic amenities such as quality educations, health care, housing, as well as affordable consumer credit. These are neighborhoods in which African Americans are more likely to live.
Racial inequality does not allow for collective contribution of people in the society, which is an imperative component in a community’s development as well as its success. If a certain group of people is not allowed to be properly educated, then they cannot make influential contributions to the society in economical, medical, and technological arenas. The denial of equal education to a particular group of persons serves as a barrier to economic progress in the society (Symbaluk, Diane, and Tami 155). If a certain race is not allowed to culturally participate in a society, we will definitely fail to comprehend and appreciate our similarities and differences. That is, we become more and more ethnocentric and fail to develop socially.
How does racial inequality affect the society? Identifiable members of ethnic and oppressed groups struggle for equal opportunity and access during these hard economic times (Symbaluk, Diane, and Tami 135). Most of the times the targeted case, like in my case of being an African American, I may find it harder in finding things like employment and proper accommodation. Racism is rampant in the country as a whole in areas of employment. For instance, majority of the unemployed citizens are black, and compared to other races, the African Americans have disproportionately low income levels. Other than getting a job securing a home is also difficult for African Americans. The widespread housing discrimination against African Americans is sometimes is escalating at a very fast rate and the government should work on policies. By the federal law, owners of properties my refuse to sell or rent, refuse to make mortgage loan to, or even discriminate in appraising property due to the clients ethnical background. African Americans face higher rates of rejections in securing mortgages than their white counterparts.
In conclusion, no matter how hard a society might attempt to separate classes or races; the bottom line to this issue is that eventually, all the citizens will on some occasion share the same space. Education plays a critical role in helping children develop and establish skills for a good job and at the same time introduce virtues that will stratify people in high economic classes (Symbaluk, Diane, and Tami 98). It is one of the most effectively factors of destroying intergenerational patterns between life achievements and socio economic status. The value of democratic voice, equality, economic and physical security, a shared sense of responsibility, social mobility, and a chance to start over after missteps is what many people from the minority group are aiming at. Hence, it is important that we are increasingly accepting the fact that we can mutually exist in peace, love, and harmony, not matter the race or social background that we come from. The connotation of mere tolerance is that citizens acknowledge the others, while acceptance encourages the complete fellowship and participation. Mutual coexistence is what we all need.
Symbaluk, Diane G, and Tami M. Bereska. Sociology in Action: A Canadian Perspective. 2016.