Inside this document, Harrington raises upsetting points. How the society of poor people is huge but are unable to do anything because to the rest of the world, they do not exist. The lower class are unable to help themselves because of how little the government is giving them and also how much they are also taking away from them. Harrington is trying to make the rest of the world aware of the poor population within America. He is trying to make them be seen.
Introduction Many people are uneducated on the social issue of poverty. They think that poverty just comes from individuals being lazy and not working. Indeed some poverty does rise from laziness but in most cases these people are fighting everyday to escape from poverty. Poverty has a way of invading people's lives and sometimes never leaving. The struggle of moving up on the social ladder is nearly impossible to most people.
Well, there is little to no reasoning, in actuality many of the people living in poverty are in that situation for no reason other than that the class system in flawed. For example, children born into poverty are more likely to stay in poverty and then have their own children, creating a cycle... ... middle of paper ... ...d indeed have a free and equal country. It would without a doubt be hard to uproot all of the disparity, inequality and imbalance that is characteristic of modern day America, but if there is one characteristic of Americans that has stood the test of time, it is our persistence, and it is that persistence that will bring freedom, happiness, equality back to our nation. Works Cited Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.
The Background of Poverty in America In the United States today there are many reforms that had been made to help cope with those who are living in poverty. However, these reforms have been keeping many from being able to climb the social class ladder because the “War on Poverty” has not been effective on ridding poverty in the U.S. According to the Heritage Foundation, there are about forty six million people who are living in poverty and it is a conflict in this country because it puts people of lower class at a disadvantage because they have to choose between necessities like healthcare, child care and food in order to help themselves and their family members; therefore, many sacrifices have to be made to insure their survival. Though many reforms have been made to help people living in poverty, there is still much work to be done to help the lower class maintain a sufficient standard of living. Many people are living in poverty due to the inability to find a job because some businesses are outsourcing jobs to developing countries since workers there are willing to be paid less than the average American worker.
Poverty is not a simple issue. You cannot ask a question about poverty and get one universal response. There are many conflicting ideas about what poverty is, and more importantly, where it comes from. The make-up of American society shows that so much in life can depend on one’s family. Having opportune circumstances can land people jobs, but having the opposite can also perpetuate the depression and reality of poverty for others.
Today's news is full of speculation and debate about the national debt, taxes and potential cuts to vital programs that serve those in need. However, the conversation often seems overly caught up in the finer points of politics and media coverage rather than the real people that these decisions affect. I think it's fair to say that American attitudes toward the poor are more often than not, disdain and fear. There's a common myth that people are forced into poverty because they are simply lazy or inferior, the truth is it is harder to feed and clothe your family than ever before. Poverty in this country is not accidental, it is a direct result of funneling wealth upstream; the rich get richer and the poor suffer. "
People are deemed poor if their incomes are insufficient to obtain the basic necessitates for themselves or their families. The most common and stereotypic explanation of poverty is the poor cause their own poverty because in America anything is possible if you want it. This “blame the poor” point of view is does not apply to all poverty stricken, a big misperception is that the poor do not work. Not only are most poor people able and more than willing to work hard and they do so when given the chance. The fact is nearly half of the poor populations of working age do work even if it is minimal and millions of them work full-time.
The middle class although defined as most of the United States is also struggling with the lower poverty class. It is a constant growing resentment between each level of the society. With the violence that comes with having such classes, people have started thinking for long term “fixes.” Having a world where people are more on the same level, without have drastic differences in income. “a just society is a society that if you knew everything about it, you’d be willing to enter it in a random place.”, was stated by philosopher John Rawls in a study. (Strain and Veuger) With this study, method being called “the veil of ignorance,” it was clear that people would create and a more equal society.