Race, class, and gender in the United States

In history, there have been differences in attitudes against other races and gender. The Euro-Americans have made restrictions in voting, ownership of property, and the forced evacuation of the Japanese-Americans in relocation camps. This explains that discrimination has been in existence in America. However, in the current century, there has been an increase in number in social movements advocating against gender and racial discrimination (Rothenberg, 2010). However, there is an overemphasis on race and gender to portray differences that are immutable and cannot be bridged in spite of any form of special programs and education.

Class system is another social issue in America; generally, class refers to the distinction that exists between individuals which differs from one society to another, or even within a particular society. Different groups have the belief that ideas such as age, gender, education, religion, income, family origin can put an individual in an upper class or position in a society. This is evident in the collection of essays that the Euro-Americans were in a higher class, hence could not do the hard labor jobs that the Irish and the Blacks were doing. They were entitled to higher wages compared to the slaves, and the Indian-Americans. Therefore, the concept of class system in America today provides more reference to personal income, occupational prestige and educational attainment. However, many Americans believe that the American society is divided into three classes, the poor, middle class, and the rich, and that the groups are more diverse culturally and economically. Some also view that the issue of class is not easy to distinguish because of rich cultural diversity making it difficult to draw distinctive lines between social classes in America.

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