The author, in the interest of exposing the truth about class in America, is uncovering statistical data and facts to show that the American class system is alive, well, and lopsided.
A CLASSLESS SOCIETY? The distribution of wealth in America is significantly imbalanced. Society generally doesn’t acknowledge the unofficial class divides, but statistics show they are there. The gaps between upper and lower classes is larger than it has been in history – ever.
“…the truth is that opportunity for success and life itself are highly circumscribed by our race, our gender, and the class we are born into.” (P. 189)This quote, in a sentence, explains what the entire study is about. If this quoteholds true, it exposes the reasons behind the lack of equality prevalent in America.
Do these children have an equalopportunity for success?Or do you expect one to graduate college while the other strugglesjust to eat?
“People do not choose to bepoor or working class; insteadthey are limited and confined bythe opportunities afforded ordenied them by a social andeconomic system.” (P.188)It’s contagious! Less than one fifth of men surpass theeconomic status of their fathers.I chose this quote, because it supports the original issue of the unbalanceddistribution of opportunity, power, success and wealth in America.
“1.4 million (American) children experiencehomelessness in any given year.” (P.179)
Nearly one in eight people live below the national poverty line. There are outliers to the statistics that do make it out of poverty; however, those numbers are unfairly small. References: Mantsios, Gregory (2009). Class in America
• How do you define equal opportunity?• In your definition of equal opportunity, how would you say it compares to the American system as it is?• How can Americans close the ever- increasing gap between wealth and poverty?