America is seen as the land of opportunity across the world, but many people wonder if it is true. The truth is America does have opportunities and with dedication anything is possible though the opportunities are limited. Usually limited for those who belong to a lower social class. The main reason the opportunities are limited are because of America’s social inequality. The social class of America is separated into multiple groups that struggle with each other due to the inequality of power and wealth on the daily basis within the country. Social class has always been influential in America even though many people put forth that someone’s social class is insignificant when building friendships or any other relationship. But the reality is that those thoughts are mistaken because the truth is social class has become a larger concept than what it’s thought to be. Due to the class difference all the social classes have been drifting apart from each other and avoid interacting with each other (Bartlett 1). A social class that has been highly isolated from rest has been all those who live in poverty. Many people are aware of the issues involving poverty, yet they choose to do nothing expecting the government to solve the problem. What people don’t take into consideration is that his problem affects not only them, but also the country as a whole. According to Ron Smith escaping poverty has become more challenging than in past years due to the lack of employment opportunities and the expenses of family care. Smith also stated that the government has been working to find a solution for poverty or more less trying to find a way to prevent it from increasing. The government working through it with the help of policymakers; the w... ... middle of paper ... ...4. Domhoff, G. William. "Who Rules America: The Class-Domination Theory of Power." Who Rules America: The Class-Domination Theory of Power. University of California at Santa Cruz, Apr. 2005. Web. 23 Jan. 2014. Domhoff, G. William. "Who Rules America: Wealth, Income, and Power." Who Rules America: Wealth, Income, and Power. University of California at Santa Cruz, Sept. 2005. Web. 23 Jan. 2014. Griffin, Geoff. How can the poor be helped?. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2006. Print. "Poverty In The United States." Congressional Digest 92.9 (2013): 12-13. Academic Search Complete. Web. 7 Feb. 2014. Smith, Ron. "Preventing Poverty." Policy & Practice (19426828) 71.4 (2013): 6. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 17 Feb. 2014. Vancouver/ICMJE Wonder, Stevie. Village Ghetto Land. By Gary Byrd and Stevie Wonder. Rec. 1995. Motown, 1995. CD.
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