The Middle class was also heading down a dangerous path. Not being able to maintain their small fortunes, most were forced to lower levels of society. The effects of the Great Depression in the 1930s on the social classes in the south caused many people to move to the lower class. The Lower class was the poorest and largest class of people during the 1930s (Babb). Americans in this class in the south were barely able to survive.
The next reason for the riots was that many Blacks could not afford houses, they couldn't afford the houses as no-one would employ them and the jobs they did get they where paid half the amount a white man would be paid to the same job. It was very hard for Black people to get loans to buy their houses and they where not allowed to move into white areas. Areas where set aside for Blacks but the housing there was limited. Blacks had been and where still I many respects segregated from white people. Blacks had different areas to live in; different drinking fountains, different shops and different restraunts and they even had to sit in different parts of a bus to the white people.
Residents and workers who came to Homewood were skilled workers and small business owners (Allegheny DHS 2010). The social classes were that of a stable neighborhood; the upper middle class, the working class family, and the poor. This would change drastically over the next century when a massive influx of African-Americans migrated into Homewood. By the early 1960’s, Homewood was 70 percent black (Allegheny DHS 2010). The riots that took place after the Martin Luther King assassination, caused damage to businesses which led to the failure of the railroad system, making this the main reason the change in demographics caused the economy of Homewood to collapse (Allegheny DHS 2010).
As other Americans grew extremely rich due to their successful business and investments, the poor in America only grew poorer. They worked numerous hours a week for an extremely low pay rate in places such as factories where conditions were harsh. These laborers would most likely live in buildings called tenements, which were overcrowded apartment buildings in the poorest part of a city. As these negative consequences of urbanization and industrialization ravaged through cities, social reformers began to take action to combat these ills. One social reformer, by the name of Jacob Riis, exposed these appalling conditions to the American public through his experience with journalism and photography and uncovered the horrific effects of Urbanization and Industrialization in New York City in the late nineteenth century and the early twentieth century.
Many end up with criminal arrest records which further limits their ability to secure gainful employment. Minority children in high-poverty areas are more likely to be exposed to alcohol, tobacco and drug distribution; they are also more likely to use drugs and exhibit antisocial behaviors. Numerous employers envision the poor as having little education, poor health, laziness, complacency, criminal behavior and inferior work ethics. Many of the poor grow up in dysfunctional homes with a lack of access to resources and support and their background becomes a breeding ground for the very things many employers envision about the poor. Social conditioning and lack of support for the impoverished ha... ... middle of paper ... ...8) After the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, Arab-Americans have had to deal with very harsh discrimination against them.
High unemployment within these groups and an unwillingness for change amongst the majority of state governments also contributed to the problems seen in 1965. Poor housing was a major problem at the time for African Americans. It was almost impossible for these people to get loans, due both to prejudice and the fact most black people had very low-income jobs. Banks were understandably reluctant to hand out money to high risk borrowers such as these. This lead to a great deal of discontent within the community and the lack of money also meant that any accommodation they could afford was of a very poor standard.
Also according to the New York Times, in New York City there are about 80,000 more unemployed blacks than whites even though there are roughly 1.5 million more whites than blacks in the city. This unemployment rate reveals racism because many employers continue to discriminate against African Americans. Slavery has impacted our society today because people are still prejudiced and discriminatory towards African Americans. Still in this day, African Americans living in poverty don’t have proper education and are not given equal opportunities for jobs.
25 % of all homeless people have a mental illness, this means they are not fit to live independently, and instead of getting help from the government, they wander the streets and a lot of the time find closure in using illicit drugs or becoming alcoholics. 68% of people suffering from homelessness is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol.the leading causes of homelessness in america is Political, mental and economical reasons.WIth the economy down many Americans are unemployed and can barely sustain a life, and with all the layoffs and job cuts many families are put under terrible circumstances. Even people with good jobs can find themselves in debt from high mortgages, in recent years the rate of foreclosure rose 32%, and studies show that 10% of people looking for shelter in homeless shelters are doing so because of foreclosure. Homelessness is a cycle, once they get that low it is very hard to get themselves back
For example, many people pay more than 35 percent of their income on renting house. In addition, some people get a low salary from their job. As the result, they cannot pay to own house. The second reason of homelessness is abused children. Many of the street children escape from home because they were beaten by their parents.
Children were called to do many other “horrible” jobs, jobs that adults in this era could not bear, just so long as the bills were paid (Robson 18). The working conditions and treatment of young children during this era was horrible and a lot was done to put an end to it. Families during the Victorian era tended to be large, and it was evident during this time that families could not survive if the children did not work. There was an immense “increase in population” during this period, by the end of the century most lived in cities rather than the country (Bristow 5). Due to economic conditions at this time only a... ... middle of paper ... ... During this era the fact that children had rights was arguable, it was not until the death of Queen Elizabeth in 1901 that this fact was actually recognized.